Power plant expansion in London to back rail network

One of the oldest functional electricity stations in the world will benefit from an upgrade in a bid to power the Tube network, it was revealed.

Plans to refurbish the 100-year-old Greenwich Power Station, in South-East London, have been made public by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

In addition to providing electricity for London’s trams, the power station will generate heat for local homes and buildings thanks to its six new gas engines due to be installed.

"This important investment in London’s growing low-carbon technology sector will not only help power our Tube network, but will also reduce pressure on the National Grid, cut utility bills for local residents, and reduce air pollution from boilers," Johnson said in a statement.

The low-carbon power station is part of London’s ambitious target to cut its carbon emissions by 60 per cent in the next ten years and tackle global warming.

Work for the first two gas-fired engines is expected to start in April this year and be fully functional by 2017. After completion the station could account for about 13 per cent of the Tube’s annual needs.

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