§ 27. Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the cost, in terms of pence per kilowatt hour, of the electricity output of(a) new coal-fired power stations, (b) new nuclear power stations, (c) new combined heat and power stations, and (d) the Severn barrage.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The latest analysis of comparative generating costs showed that the average lifetime costs per KWh adjusted to April 1987 prices was 2.82p/KWh for Hinkley Point B and 3.03 p/KWh for the first stage of the coal-fired station at Drax. The Severn Tidal Power Group indicated in a study published in July 1986 that the cost of electricity produced from a barrage would be 3.45 p/KWh, adjusted to April 1987 prices. It is not possible to estimate the cost of electricity output from CHP stations because of the wide variation in design options.