Energy Town

Energy source: gas

Photo: Connah's Quay

Connah's Quay, a 1,420MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station

What is gas?

Natural gas is a fuel found underground, often under the sea bed. It is collected by drilling and is used in many homes for heating and cooking. Gas is transported through pipelines to where it is needed, such as power stations where it is burned to generate electricity.

How a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station works

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  • There are 36 large gas-fired power stations in the UK (ie 100MW and above).
  • Gas supplies 39.5% of the UK's electricity.
  • The newest combined cycle gas turbine gas power stations produce power with low levels of waste and carbon dioxide.
  • Each gas-fired power station can supply the annual average electricity needs of over one million homes.