Singaporean power producer, Senoko Energy has started up two natural gas-fired power stations on 6 February 2013, in a move to cut down carbon dioxide emissions.

Under the latest project, the firm has converted three oil-fired 250MW steam plants into two eco-friendly gas-fired combined cycle plants (CCPs).

The company said its two power plants will add 862MW of capacity, in addition to cutting down one million tons of carbon emissions per year.

The power generator has invested S$1 billion ($808m) in converting the three oil-fired plants with 750MW combined capacity to the gas systems.

Senoko Energy president and chief executive Brendan Wauters said, "The investment we have made in these new units is in line with our vision to continue to position Senoko Energy as the leading energy supplier in Singapore."

The company plans to use liquefied natural gas from Jurong Island receiving terminal in Singapore for power generation. The facility is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2013.

Senoko Energy spokeswoman Eveline How stated, "We anticipate that LNG will eventually form about 20% of our power generation."