Tuesday, 24 April 2012

CHP plant proposed for South Hook LNG terminal

South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven; source: South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven; source:

 A new gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant could be on the horizon for the Milford Haven waterway, South Hook LNG has confirmed. The news comes after the UK Government announced its backing for a major expansion in gas generated electricity to avert a looming gap in power generation capacity.

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Dec 22 - Pakistan has produced the first gasified coal from its novel Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) plant. The UCG plant is set to start producing power from gas created from the Thar Coal field in April 2015.

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