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Power Stations

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether plans by the Central Electricity Generating Board for new fossil fuel power stations at coastal sites in the United Kingdom include flue gas desulphurisation based on sea water scrubbing.

The sea water scrubbing process is at an early stage of development and there are no present plans to use it at proposed new fossil power stations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make it his policy that the retrofitting of flue gas desulphurisation proposed for three coal-fired power stations and the programme to retrofit low nitrogen oxide burners at the 12 major stations operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board will be retained following the privatisation of the industry.

The Government will expect existing commitments entered into by the Central Electricity Generating Board to be fulfilled following privatisation of the industry.