Welcome to the Hirwaun Power website.
Hirwaun Power, a subsidiary business of Watt Power, wishes to build a gas-fired power station on industrial-zoned land located on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate in south Wales. If built, it will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 400,000 homes and create up to 15 jobs directly.
Subject to consultation, planning and financing, the power station could enter commercial operation in 2019.
Hirwaun Industrial Estate lies adjacent to the A465 'Head of the Valley' dual carriageway between Swansea and Abergavenny. It is located 14 km west of Merthyr Tydfil.
With a number of the UK's coal-fired and nuclear power stations due to close over the next decade, and with increasing levels of intermittent wind generation, there is a clear need for modern and efficient gas-fired power stations to be built in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. The Hirwaun project will help to meet this need as well as help stimulate the local economy.
The project requires the approval of the Planning Inspectorate and the UK Government. However, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government and other local bodies are key consultees in the planning and consultation process.
Public consultation is an integral part of the planning process. In 2013, Hirwaun Power consulted local people and businesses about its plans and the project has evolved since details of it were first shared with local communities.
Hirwaun Power applied for a Development Consent Order in March 2014, and the project is now proceeding through the examination process that is managed by the Planning Inspectorate, in advance of a decision on the Development Consent Order application in mid-2015.
The Development Consent Order application, and details of the various studies and design work for the proposed project are publicly available.