September 19, 2019 / 2:28 PM / a month ago

UK's Drax gets govt OK for 299 MW power plant

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The British government has approved plans by Drax to build a rapid response power station in south Wales, the energy company said on Thursday.

The 90 million pound ($112 million) 299 megawatt (MW) plant, powered by a gas turbine, is designed to fire up rapidly and provide power as and when the grid needs, Drax said.

“Rapid response gas power stations are agile enough to ramp up quickly and support the grid at times of peak demand, making them highly complementary to intermittent renewable sources of power, like wind and solar,” Chief Executive Andy Koss said.

$1 = 0.8012 pounds Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki; editing by David Evans

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