Welsh rapid response power plant enters next phase

Plans for a à‚£100m gas-fired power plant in Swansea, Wales, are to be the subject of a public consultation exercise in February.

The Abergilli Power plant will be a 299 MW open cycle rapid response power station, with the capability of powering 150,000 homes.

The plant will is proposed by Abergilli Power, a subsidiary of Drax Power and would create 150 new jobs, 15 permanent, while taking two years to construct.
Proposed Abergilli Power plant
It is intended to be able to be up and running quickly to provide back-up power to the National Grid during periods of peak demand, to support the growing number of renewable and low carbon energy sources.

As a rapid response and flexible power station it would not be operational all the time ” it would be producing power for up to a maximum of 2,250 hours in a given year.

Local people were originally consulted on proposals for the power station in 2014, but the project was put on hold in 2015 due to market uncertainty.

As the capacity of the power station is more than 50 MW, the scheme is classified as a nationally significant infrastructure project, which means a Development Consent Order application will need to be submitted to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, who will make a decision on whether to give the plans the go ahead.

Subject to the public consultation, planning process and market conditions, the power station could be operational in 2022 with a life of 25 years.

Chief executive of Drax Power, Andy Koss, said: “As a result of what was learned during the consultation undertaken in 2014 and other studies, we have made a number of changes to the original proposals.

“For example, the cable for the electrical connection has been put underground instead of having an overhead line; we have selected an access route from the B4489 to the west of the site, and reduced the number of stacks from five to one.

“We are looking forward to sharing our latest plans at the public exhibitions next month and hearing what local people think about them before we finalise the scheme and submit a Development Consent Order application.”

The consultation will run from January 16th to February 19th.

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