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National Grid & E.ON come together to create efficient power station

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The UK’s National Grid and E.On are joining forces to create one of the most efficient power stations in the world, in Kent, England.

Up to 300,000 tonnes of C02 will be saved annually, due to the linking up of E.On’s £500 million gas-fired power station to National Grids liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Isle of Grain.

The heat used to bring the liquefied gas into a gaseous state, before it can be injected into the gas network is provided by E.On’s waste hot water via a heatpipe to the LNG terminal, saving 2% of National Grid’s throughput gas.

The agreement will be mutually beneficial, as the water from E.On would go to waste and it save National Grid from burning the gas to heat the liquefied gas.

“It’s a ‘win win’ for us as companies, and more importantly, for the environment,” said chief executive of National Grid Steve Holliday yesterday in a statement. “Together, we have created the most efficient power generation and re-gasification plants in the UK.”

UK Energy Secretary Ed Dave, who opened the heatpipe, welcomed the development as an excellent example of waste energy can be utilised.

“It shows by constantly looking for efficiencies in everything we do we can make a big and lasting difference,” he said.

The gas saved by National Grid is equivalent to that used by 100,000 homes a year, and the reduction in carbon equates to taking 60,000 cars off the road.

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