Friday, 6 March 2009

New power station at Langage delayed

It had been thought that the new Langage gas fired power station on the eastern edge of Plymouth would be completed before the end of 2008. But no, due to sub-standard pipework it will be another year before it starts contributing to the National Grid. It's a very big contract of course but its completion date being put back 12 months isn't good news. Its output should be enough to power a million homes, at the moment the only substantial power station in or close to our peninsula is the nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The population in my two counties is quite thinly spread over a large geographical area and with much of our energy coming from 'up country' there are huge losses in the transmission system. Langage will make a massive difference in reducing these losses and should make the whole system more reliable.

Development of adjoining land as a business park is on hold until the power station itself is completed.

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