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DONG Energy fires up super-efficient, state-of-the-art power station in Wales

Press Release   •   Feb 10, 2011 09:14 GMT

Press release from DONG Energy sent at 10:14 AM on Thursday 10.02.2011

DONG Energy fires up super-efficient, state-of-the-art power station in Wales

DONG Energy has today inaugurated the £600 million, gas-fired Severn Power Station at Uskmouth in South Wales. The power plant has the capacity to produce up to 824MW of electricity, which is enough to power around 1.5 million homes and represents more than one per cent of the UK‟s peak electricity demand.

Purchased by DONG Energy from Welsh Power in 2009, the new power station has taken less than three years to construct and is one of the most efficient natural gas-fired power stations in the UK, with a thermal efficiency of around 58 per cent. Using state-of-the-art combined cycle gas turbine technology, the plant produces fewer carbon emissions per unit of energy generated than traditional fossil fuel power stations, thus reducing the impact on the environment.

Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy, said: "We have been operating in the UK since 2001 and the Severn Power Station represents an important landmark development for us. With the UK facing a potential future energy gap in the next ten years, gas-fired generation will become more and more important. This project is a demonstration of our commitment to strengthening DONG Energy‟s position in the UK, and complements our extensive portfolio of renewable energy and upstream investments.”


Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, commented “This new power station is an important addition to the diverse energy mix of technologies that are putting Wales at the cutting edge of UK energy production. DONG Energy„s significant investment in this development will play an important part in enhancing the security of supply of reliable power supplies in addition to helping us reduce our energy carbon footprint and providing skilled jobs for people in the local area.”



Key facts

Project cost £600 million approx.

Capacity 842 Megawatts (MW)

Workforce Construction phase: in excess of 1,000

When operational: 40 staff

(excluding staff for shutdown work)

Technology 2 x gas and steam turbines, gas-fired

Design life 25 years


Pictures from the inauguration can be downloaded from:

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PW: dongenergy


About DONG Energy

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. DONG Energy are headquartered in Denmark. DONG Energy‟s business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. DONG Energy generated just under DKK 50 billion (approx. EUR 6.6 billion) in revenue in 2009.


About DONG Energy in the UK

In addition to developing onshore power stations, DONG Energy is a key player in offshore wind energy and is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of the offshore wind market in the UK. Furthermore DONG Energy has considerable UK oil and gas exploration activities, including a number of licenses in the West of Shetland area. A large part of DONG Energy's share of the gas produced from the Norwegian Ormen Lange gas field is sold in the United Kingdom.

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