A £1bn contract to build a gas-fired combined-cycle power station in Wales has been won by Alstom and is set to create more than 1,500 construction jobs.

The new plant will be built on the site of a former power station in Pembroke Dock and when finished will be one of the largest power plants in Wales.

This project is the second one that Alstom has signed with RWE npower in the UK, following a contract won in 2007 for the gas-fired 1,650MW Staythorpe power plant, currently under construction in Nottinghamshire.

Alstom Power president Philippe Joubert said the plant will have an output of approximately 2,000MW.

“This new project clearly demonstrates that Alstom’s engineering expertise is crucial to the power industry in the UK, and around the world. This is the second contract signed by Alstom with RWE npower in less than two years, which underlines our customer’s confidence in our engineering ability.”

The plant will take three years to build and at capacity will supply electricity to about three million homes.

By staff writer