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Hirwaun Power to participate in 2017 auction

The Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) development project of Drax Group participated in the December 2016 capacity market auction but exited above the clearing price. It is expected that Hirwaun Power will now go on to participate in the 2017 T-4 auction.

Read the announcement.

Last Updated (Dec 9 2017)


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Drax acquires Hirwaun Power

Drax Group plc has acquired four Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) development projects.


The purchase of Hirwaun Power and three other OCGT developments in England and Wales was announced today as Drax, the FTSE-250 company based in Selby, North Yorkshire, revealed its new purpose and strategy.

Hirwaun Power, which adds to the diversification of Drax's generation mix, will be entered into future capacity market auctions to secure a 15 year contract. Once a contract is secured, construction will begin.

Read the announcement.

Find out more about Drax Group, helping to change the way energy is generated, supplied and used for a better future.

Last Updated (Dec 6 2016)


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Project Update

Hirwaun Power’s consented 299MW gas-fired generation project (on part of the Hirwaun Industrial Estate) did not secure a contract in the Government's recent Capacity Market Auction for future power generation (held in December 2015) and therefore the project will not proceed during the course of this year (2016).

Given the need for new gas-fired power generation in the UK, Hirwaun Power intends to enter the project in the Government's next Capacity Market Auction which is scheduled to be held in December 2016.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, the local planning authority, has been notified.

Last Updated (Jan 8 2016)


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Hirwaun Power Secures Planning Permission - New Gas Fired Power Station Approved by Government

Hirwaun Power Ltd has secured consent from the Department of Energy & Climate Change for its £200m gas-fired power station project, near Aberdare in south Wales.  Subject to raising the necessary finance, it will enter commercial operation in 2019.  It will operate as a “peaking plant”, providing back-up to intermittent renewable generation and create 150 construction jobs, and up to 15 permanent and skilled jobs.

To be located on part of the Hirwaun Industrial Estate which lies adjacent to the A465 “Heads of the Valleys” dual carriageway between Swansea and Abergavenny, the Hirwaun Power project will produce up to 299 megawatts (MW) of electricity, the equivalent of supplying 400,000 homes.

It represents a significant investment into the local economy and will give rise to multi-million pound construction and supply chain contracts, support 150 jobs over the two year construction and commissioning period, and up to 15 full-time jobs when operational.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change granted planning permission to the Hirwaun project after a 2½ year public consultation and examination process.

Norman Campbell, Project Director at Hirwaun Power said: "Securing the Goverrnment's approval for the project is very good news for the Hirwaun team and the local economy. We would expect our £200m scheme to provide a catalyst for further investment in the area. Importantly, the project also helps to meet the Government's policy objectives of security of energy supple and affordability and supports the country's transition to a low carbon economy.

"The input that we received from the Rhondda Cynon Taff Council and the local community during the project’s public consultation process was very helpful, and we will liaise closely with the Council and other local interests during the project’s construction and eventual operation.

“However, despite the widespread acceptance that new generation plant is required and the considerable investment we have made so far, we must still secure the money to get the project built.  We expect to know whether or not we are successful in doing that by the middle of next year (2016).”

Last Updated (Jul 23 2015)


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Planning Inspectorate accepts Hirwaun Power application

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application by Hirwaun Power Ltd for an Order Granting Development Consent for the proposed Hirwaun Power Station.

The Inspectorate has decided that the application meets the standards required to be formally accepted for examination. This follows its consideration of, amongst other things, the extensive consultation that has been carried out.

The Project now moves into a pre-examination phase. This means that members of the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate and provide a summary of their views of the application in writing by the deadline, which is 29th May 2014. Everyone who has registered and made a relevant representation will be invited to attend a preliminary meeting run and chaired by an Inspector.

The pre-examination stage of the process is expected to take approximately three months. Further updates will be posted on this website.

Last Updated (Apr 24 2014)


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Statutory consultation to begin on £200m power plant proposal for Hirwaun

Public exhibitions in five locations
Leaflet to all households, businesses and civic groups

Statutory consultation on a proposed gas-fired power plant on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate in Rhondda Cynon Taf begins this month (October 2013).

Hirwaun Power Ltd (HPL), a UK power plant development company, will hold its consultation on the £200m proposal between 17th October and 28th November 2013.

HPL has produced a Statement of Community Consultation, detailing the pre-application consultation programme. It includes a number of exhibition events, which will be an opportunity for local people and interested organisations to see the plans and give their views on the proposals. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCT) has been consulted on the programme.

An informal and non-statutory round of consultation was held in June this year, when the outline proposal was presented to communities during several public exhibition events that were attended by 98 people.

The statutory consultation will show how the project has developed since then in the light of community feedback, engagement with RCT and authorities such as Natural Resource Wales, and the company’s own technical and environmental studies.

The proposed Hirwaun Power Project would produce up to 299 megawatts (MW) of electricity – the equivalent of supplying 400,000 homes – would represent a significant multi million pound investment into the local economy. The project would support up to 250 jobs during the 2-3 year construction and commissioning period, and up to 15 full-time jobs when operational.

Hirwaun Power’s Project director Norman Campbell said, “Consultation with local communities and organisations is vitally important to us. It provides us with an opportunity to explain our project in detail and get feedback to help with the development of our proposals. Our initial phase of consultation in June gave us the chance to communicate directly with local people and we were pleased with the interest shown.

“We will now explain how the project has moved forward in recent months and provide more detailed information. For example, we have further developed our proposals relating to the siting and design of the power plant. In doing so, we have also taken steps to minimise the environmental and visual impact of the project.

“If the proposals are realised, the power plant would be ultra-modern and a very significant investment in the local economy. The project would directly create new jobs and provide opportunities for a variety of other local companies to supply and support the operation and maintenance of the power station in the future.

“We hope that as many people as possible will attend our public exhibition days, or see the information we have made available on the project website and at certain local libraries. We will advertise the formal consultation in local media and also distribute more than 4,000 leaflets in the area surrounding the site.”

At the end of the consultation period HPL plans to submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate, with a final decision taken by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Subject to the consultation and planning process and financing, the power station could enter commercial operation in 2018.

Public exhibition events will be held as follows:

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS
Thursday 24 October 13:00 – 19:00
Rhigos Community Centre, Heol Esgyn, Rhigos, Aberdare, CF44 9BX
Friday 25 October 13:00 – 19:00
Hirwaun Community Centre, Village Hall, High Street, Hirwaun, CF44 9SL
Thursday, 7 November 13:00 – 19:00
Penderyn Community Centre, Pontpren, Penderyn, CF44 9JN
Friday 8 November 13:00 – 19:00
Penywaun Community Centre, Gwladys Street, Penywaun, CF44 9DE
Saturday 9 November, 10:00 – 15:00
Aberdare Community Parish Hall, Monk Street, Aberdare, CF44 7PA

For further information on the project visit: www.hirwaunpower.co.uk.

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For further information contact the Hirwaun Power press office on 0800 9589015or alternatively email info@hirwaunpower.co.uk

Notes to editors:
Hirwaun Power Ltd (HPL) (www.hirwaunpower.co.uk) has been established by Watt Power Ltd. (WPL). WPL based in Edinburgh has been established to develop a portfolio of flexible gas fired generation assets to support the UK Government drive to a low carbon economy.
WPL are committed to the development of well sited, sustainable energy projects that are designed to meet the specific needs of the evolving UK energy market. They recognise the need to balance commercial issues with the environmental benefits and concerns of energy projects and believe this can be responsibly delivered at a local level.
HPL and Watt are committed to acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. As part of this policy, we will ensure that the views and concerns of the local community are addressed, and that the Power Project and supporting infrastructure is designed and developed to the highest quality, safety and environmental standards.
For further details please visit: www.wattpowerltd.co.uk.

Last Updated (Oct 10 2013)


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Jun 12, 20013 - £200m power station proposal for Hirwaun is announced

Hirwaun Power Ltd pledges full consultation with local communities

A proposal to build a new gas-fired power station on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate in Rhondda Cynon Taf is announced today (12 June 2013).

Hirwaun Power Ltd, a UK energy developer, says that its proposed scheme will inject tens of millions of pounds into the local economy.

The company will consult with local people and organisations before applying for permission to build the £200m power station. The project will support hundreds of jobs during the construction and commissioning period, and up to 30 full-time jobs when operational.

Hirwaun Power station will produce up to 299 megawatts (MW) of electricity – the equivalent of supplying 400,000 homes.

Consultation is a very important part of the planning process and Hirwaun Power will engage with local communities before applying for development consent to build the power station.   An initial phase of public information events to introduce the project will be held at venues in Rhigos and Hirwaun on:

Rhigos Community Centre (Heol Esgyn, Rhigos, CF44 9BX)     

Thursday, June 20th                  –                       5.00pm till 8.00pm.

YMCA Hirwaun (Manchester Place, Hirwaun, CF44 9RB)

Friday, June 21st                                                       –                     12 noon till 7.00pm.

Saturday, June 22nd                   –                      09:00am till 1.00pm.

Members of the Hirwaun Power project team will be on hand at the exhibitions to explain the development procedure and how the consultation process is expected to evolve. As the project is at an early stage, there will be no drawings, artists’ impressions or models on display.

Hirwaun Power proposes to take gas from the nearby National Gas Transmission System and use it to generate electricity. This energy will feed into the National Grid, which also runs very close to the site.

Norman Campbell is the managing director of Watt Power, the parent company of Hirwaun  Power and  has principal responsibility for the project. He said “This power station will be an ultra modern and clean facility and a very significant investment in the local economy. We will seek to maximise local economic benefit, both during construction and operations.  This will be achieved through direct job opportunities, and also indirectly through the various companies that will supply and support the power station in the future.

“This power station will cost approximately £200 million, and tens of millions of that investment would be spent with local companies. We are strongly committed to benefiting the local area and engaging companies and job seekers.”

He continued, “Before seeking permission to build the plant, there will be an extensive consultation process with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and with local people and interest groups. This is extremely important to us, as we want to explain our plan in detail and listen to what people have to say.

Information material will be distributed to households, businesses and other organisations. There will also be a series of information days where people can meet the project team, ask questions and voice their opinion. We will advertise public consultations in local media and on the project website, www.hirwaunpower.co.uk.

Mr Campbell added that the proposed Hirwaun Power Plant would help to meet electricity demand for homes and workplaces.

“There is a need to replace a significant number of coal and oil-fired power stations in the UK that will close in the near future,” he said. “It is accepted that without new electricity generating capacity, there could be difficulty meeting energy demand in the UK within several years. In addition, gas fired power stations will provide back-up to the intermittency of onshore and offshore wind power and support Wales’ move towards a low carbon economy.

“The proposed Hirwaun Power Plant would be efficient and produce energy much more cleanly than the coal and oil-fired power stations it would replace. We will do our utmost to ensure that the power plant will cause the minimum disturbance locally, during construction and subsequent operation.

Mr Campbell said that Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and the Welsh Government had been briefed on the proposal. Following consultation and feedback from communities and interest groups, Hirwaun Power intends to submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate later this year, with a final decision taken by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Additional consents, including planning permissions, may also be required for elements of the project.

Subject to the consultation and planning process and financing, the power station could enter commercial operation in 2018.

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For further information contact the Hirwaun Power press office on 02920 814843 or alternatively email info@hirwaunpower.com

Notes to editors:

Hirwaun Power Ltd (HPL) (www.hirwwaunpower.co.uk) has been established by Watt Power Ltd. (WPL). WPL has been established to develop a portfolio of flexible gas fired generation assets to support the UK Government drive to a low carbon economy. Stag Energy provides the resources through a management services agreement with WPL. Stag Energy was founded in 2002 and the company draws on a depth of experience with a team that has created and delivered over 10,000 MW of power generation and related infrastructure projects across the globe, of which 2,500 MW was delivered in the UK.


Stag Energy / WPL are committed to the development of well sited, sustainable energy projects that are designed to meet the specific needs of the evolving UK energy market.  They recognise the need to balance commercial issues with the environmental benefits and concerns of energy projects and believe this can be responsibly delivered at a local level.


They are also committed to acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.  As part of this policy, they will ensure that the views and concerns of the local community are addressed, and that the Power Project and supporting infrastructure is designed and developed to the highest quality, safety and environmental standards.


For further details please visit: http://www.stagenergy.com/ or http://www.wattpowerltd.co.uk/

Last Updated (Jun 12 2013)


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Last Updated (Mar 7 2013)