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10/12/2015

South Wales gas plant approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Port Talbort Steelworks

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has approved plans for a new gas-fired power station at a steelworks in South Wales.

The Development Consent Order for the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project will see a 150-megawatt power station installed at Port Talbot steelworks.

The application, by Tata Steel UK, was for the construction and operation of an electricity generating power station that would largely utilise waste gases from the steelworks to generate electricity for use within the existing plant.

The power station will comprise two steam boilers and its associated 80-metre stacks, a turbine hall, cooling units, and a boiler house, among other works.

In her decision letter (pdf), Rudd said there were “strong grounds” to grant consent “given that it supports government policy objectives for energy as set out in relevant National Policy Statements and Welsh and local planning policy”.

Rudd also noted that the benefits of the project are not outweighed by the potential local adverse impacts.

The full decision letter can be found here (pdf).

The Development Consent Order can be found here (pdf).

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