Improving market conditions could trigger a “comeback” for gas-fired power stations, with up to 15GW of capacity being added over the next five years, according to market information provider ICIS.

The firm has compiled a list of 18 power stations at various stages in the planning process.

Ben Samuel, Deputy Editor of European Spot Gas Markets at ICIS, said: “They are in various stages of development.

“So some of them are planned; some of them are still making investment decisions; some of them are more just pipeline activity.”

Improvements in market conditions have included falling gas prices and increases in the carbon price support, a tax that favours gas over coal.

Energy policy could favour coal over gas

But ICIS also warned that current UK Government energy policies could undermine the shift from coal to gas.

The firm pointed to National Grid awarding supplementary contracts to coal-fired power stations and the bringing forward of Capacity Market auctions to tempt coal plants to stay open.

Meanwhile, Engie blame deteriorating market conditions for its decision to close the 1GW Rugeley coal-fired power station in Staffordshire before the end of June with the loss of 150 jobs.

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