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OECD Coal-Fired Power Generation--Trends in The 1990s

AUTHOR: Gordon Couch
DATE: April 1997

Trends in the planning and construction of new coal-fired plants entering service within the OECD in the period 1991-2000 are defined, and the factors affecting the choice of technology are discussed. During the 1990s, 127 new coal-fired units for power generation will have been commissioned, representing approximately 5500 MWe annually.

Coal-fired generating units commissioned between 1991 and 1996 are listed, together with those planned for commissioning between 1997 and 2000. The influence of deregulation and developments in the use of different technologies during the period under review are discussed. Case studies are included which reflect both supercritical developments and the continued used of subcritical steam conditions.