station turbine hall
The investment follows an announcement in June of a £100 million project in environmental clean up technology at Aberthaw.
The three 500MW steam turbines are being replaced using the most up-to-date design technology. The increased efficiency of the turbines will help lower carbon emissions and potentially increase the amount of electricity produced by the station.
Construction has already started on new Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) technology at Aberthaw. This technology will enable the power station to operate under new European environmental regulations due to come into force on January 1 2008.
Installation of the new steam turbine equipment will commence in 2007 and all three units will be operational from 2008.
Kevin Akhurst, Managing Director of Generation and Renewables at npower said: ”The refitting of the turbines, in addition to the installation of the FGD technology, will improve Aberthaw's performance still further. This investment underlines our commitment to the station’s future” he said.
“This is good news for the South Wales economy but also for the UK as a whole. We must maintain and upgrade some coal-fired plant in the UK to provide a flexible supply of power as we move to a lower carbon dioxide economy.”