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Fanfare for 'eco' power station
Baglan Bay
Baglan Energy Park aims to bring new jobs to the Swansea Bay area
A power station providing cheap energy and described as one of the most advanced in the world is being launched.

The Baglan Bay power station project, near Port Talbot, south Wales, uses new technology to provide power 30% cheaper to industry in the surrounding Baglan Energy Park.

US-owned GE Power Systems, which built the station, claims the station also burns gas more efficiently, causing less pollution.

Already several firms have been attracted to the Park by the prospect of cheaper energy, including a paper company planning to create 340 jobs.

GE banners
GE Power Systems built the new "clean energy" system
In recent years nearly 2,500 jobs were lost as BP reduced its operations on the site.

GE Power Systems vice president Mark Little said: "Along with fuel economy and environmental performance, another key feature of the H system is greater power density."

The power complex will feed into the national grid in Wales as well as supply Baglan Energy Park and BP's isopropanol plant.

Since the construction of the power station began in October 2000, approximately 660 mechanical and electrical construction jobs have been filled by local people.

A further 640 workers were taken on by the main civil contractor during the construction phase.

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