2006 Plant Startups (number of generator units)
In terms of megawatts of power to be generated there is less of a gap between coal and gas-fired plants.
2006 Startups (MW of capacity)
This database is updated continuously. It is expected that the number of gas-fired startups will be reduced due to the rapid escalation in natural gas prices. Some of these projects will be put on hold and others canceled.
&ldquo,There will be changes in the coal-fired totals as well,&rdquo, predicts Bob McIlvaine, President of McIlvaine Company. &ldquo,Nearly 100,000 MW of coal-fired boilers have been ordered in China in the last 24 months. The capacity of offshore and local boiler manufacturers to construct these units, uncertain environmental constraints, and other factors add unpredictable aspects.&rdquo,
There are more than 500 generators under design and construction for future operation worldwide. Many of these are coal-fired. In fact, in terms of megawatts, the number of coal-fired plants exceeds the gas-fired plants. The largest numbers of planned coal-fired plants are in China, India and the U.S. However, there are plans for new coal-fired generators in countries such as Germany and Japan who are leaders in the Kyoto protocol.
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