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Plans shelved for South Hook power plant

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southhookDIFFICULT market conditions are being cited as the reason that South Hook LNG has put plans for a proposed combined heat and power plant in Milford Haven on hold.

Following the completion of ground works, shareholders met last week to make a decision on beginning the construction stage of the project, located inside the South Hook LNG site.

A spokesperson for South Hook CHP Limited said: “I can confirm that the Board of Directors of South Hook CHP Limited determined that, in the light of current market conditions, the decision regarding proceeding with the construction of the proposed South Hook combined heat and power (CHP) plant near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire will be deferred and the Project placed on hold. Development work will be brought to minimum levels required to maintain the integrity of the work done to date and allow the timely and efficient restart of development if required.”

Speaking on behalf of the Shareholders, Nasser Al Jaidah (Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Petroleum International) said: “The decision to place the Project on hold and to defer the investment decision on the South Hook CHP Project was a difficult one for the shareholders to make and reflects the fact that in the light of today’s market conditions all discretionary major investments have to be rigorously appraised. The decision is in no way a reflection on the attractiveness of the South Hook CHP Project itself, the UK as a place to invest or the support we have received for the Project from government and other stakeholders at the national, regional or local level.”

Speaking on behalf of the Shareholders, Nasser Al Jaidah (Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Petroleum International) said: “The decision to place the Project on hold and to defer the investment decision on the South Hook CHP Project was a difficult one for the shareholders to make and reflects the fact that in the light of today’s market conditions all discretionary major investments have to be rigorously appraised. The decision is in no way a reflection on the attractiveness of the South Hook CHP Project itself, the UK as a place to invest or the support we have received for the Project from government and other stakeholders at the national, regional or local level.”

Stephen Crabb MP said: “This is very disappointing news. The construction of the South Hook CHP project would have been a real boost for the local economy. Unfortunately, with the recent collapse in world energy prices, the shareholders of SHCP have had to look again at their planned investments.”

“South Hook CHP have invested considerable effort in bringing the proposals to this point and I am hopeful that this decision will be reviewed again when market conditions change.”

Cllr Paul Miller also spoke of his disappointment. The Labour parliamentary candidate told The Herald: “The news that the South Hook CHP Project is to be put on hold is yet another blow for our county. Murco closing was a body blow but the short term construction jobs the CHP project could have brought – right now when Pembrokeshire jobs are disappearing fast – will be really missed.”

He added: “I understand the economics of energy is difficult at the minute and is changing more rapidly that we’ve seen in a decade or more but government needs to look past the peaks and troughs and while money is cheap plough ahead and invest in Britain’s energy infrastructure for the future.”
Artist's impression of the shelved project

Artist’s impression of the shelved project

QPI Global Ventures Limited, ExxonMobil Power Limited and Elf Petroleum UK Limited announced in 2012 that they were considering building a combined heat and power (CHP) plant within the boundary of the South Hook Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. An opportunity was identified to provide high-efficiency, low carbon energy to the UK by building a CHP plant adjacent to the existing LNG Terminal. The CHP plant would make highly efficient use of the heat it produces through an innovative integrated design. All the power generated by the CHP plant would be either used to replace power currently imported by the South Hook LNG Terminal or exported to the electricity grid.

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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