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Works begins on new BAE Portsmouth power plant



Work is underway on the installation of BAE Systems’ specialist Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The new plant will recycle energy, reduce carbon footprint and potentially save the Ministry of Defence up to £4M per year in energy costs.

The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will see energy and electrical requirements at the naval base increase. It is envisaged the creation of a dedicated CHP facility will not only meet this demand but also increase energy efficiency across the site.

A CHP system produces electricity and heat from a single fuel source and is able to retain excess heat which would have otherwise be wasted. To create this new facility, a former boiler house will be converted into and is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Chris Courtaux, Head of Engineering and Energy Services at BAE Systems, said: “By developing this new facility we will be able to recycle energy consumption on the naval base as well as deliver a significant cost saving. This is an innovative solution to support the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

“We continue to work closely with the Royal Navy to deliver long-term energy cost savings to the naval base. This underlines our commitment to support the MOD’s drive to create a more modern and energy-efficient naval base for the 21st century.”

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