§ Mr. Hannan
asked the Minister of Power what are the minimum planning and construction periods for plants for the generation of electricity and the manufacture of town gas.
§ Mr. Frederick Lee
For the construction of the larger plants, about five years and two years respectively. This does not include the lengthy periods often required for selecting and acquiring sites and obtaining statutory consents before construction can be started.
Gas turbine generating sets can be constructed in about two and a half years and butane/air plant to supplement town gas supplies can be provided in about a year, but such supplies are in small units and are expensive to operate.