New £1bn Pembroke power station opened
Minister of state for energy John Hayes has attended the official opening of the new state-of-the-art combined cycle gas turbine power station in Pembroke.
The £1 billion project has seen three years of construction efforts to get to this stage, with the new station set to provide up to 2,000 MW of energy per hour - enough power to serve 3.5 million UK households.
Mr Hayes commented: "Every new power station built is a real strategic asset for our economy. This billion-pound investment will play a vital role in our energy mix, providing a flexible, reliable energy supply for homes and businesses across the country."
The new power station is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, but it is also one of the greenest. The Pembroke development emits just half the levels of CO2 of a similar-sized coal-fired power station.
Mr Hayes highlighted the government's pleasure with the progress that has been made at the site over recent years, with the new station serving to secure the UK's energy future for many years to come.
In addition, parliamentary under secretary of state for Wales Stephen Crabb noted the facility will also serve to boost employment in the area, as well as promoting the wider economic development of Pembroke and Wales in general.
Elsewhere, secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles recently had the honour of opening the new Rosewood housing development in Colchester.
The first phase of construction works has now been completed, with 248 new homes being made available for residents to move into, while further developments are scheduled to boost this figure in the coming months.
Mr Pickles commented: "As one of the country's biggest landowners, the government has a duty to free up surplus public sector land and there's no better use for it than building homes and thriving communities that will help more people meet their aspirations for homeownership."
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