§ 26. Mr. McNair-Wilson
asked the Minister of Power what are the capital costs of making gas and electricity per unit of installed capacity by the latest processes available to both industries, including coal-fired, oil-fired and atomic-powered in the case of electricity generation, and oil reforming in the case of gas making.
§ Mr. John Morris
Typical construction costs of large power stations now being built are about £40 per kw (sent out) for coal and oil-fired stations and about £100 for nuclear power stations of the Magnox type. No comparable figure can be given for a nuclear power station incorporating advanced gas-cooled reactors until contract negotiations for Dungeness "B" power station have been completed. A typical capital cost of making gas from oil reforming plant is £10 per therm day, or £8 per kilowatt equivalent.
§ Mr. McNair-Wilson
In view of these very complicated and important figures which the hon. Gentleman has just given us, may I ask when we can expect a detailed statement from the Government of their fuel policy setting out the comparative figures right across the industry?
§ Mr. Morris
My right hon. Friend, in conjunction with his Energy Advisory Council, is working on all aspects of fuel policy.