RWE npower invests £900m in green energy

RWE npower has announced plans to build an £800m combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station and to invest £100m in new wind farm developments in Kent and Yorkshire.

The company has appointed Alstom as contractor to build the CCGT facility.

According to RWE npower, these investments will increase the UK’s generation capacity by up to 2,100MW, a 23 per cent increase in RWE npower’s contribution.

The company has identified two potential sites for the new gas fired power station; Staythorpe, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, and Pembroke in West Wales, the site of now demolished coal and oil-fired power stations.

RWE npower aims to begin construction of the new gas plant in 2007 with generation commencing in 2009. Knabs Ridge and Little Cheyne Court Wind Farms would begin generating in 2008.