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Egnedol meets Council over Eco Park plan

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Pyrolysis scheme: Mr Steven Whitehouse explaining ambitious plans to council members

Pyrolysis scheme: Mr Steven Whitehouse explaining ambitious plans to council members

MEMBERS of Milford Haven Town Council were joined by members of the public for a presentation by Egnedol on Monday night (Jan 25).

Mr Steven Whitehouse, a chartered engineer and director of Cypriot-owned Egnedol Bio-Energy Limited, spent an hour explaining his company’s plans for the development of the brown field site. The land the company has purchased formerly housed RNAD Blackbridge, and parts of the former Gulf refinery in Waterston.

At the meeting Mr Whitehouse explained to councillors that, subject to a planning application to be submitted next month, some of the existing buildings would be retained, and that new buildings would be also erected.

Plans included poly-tunnels with brick bases, heated by hot air discarded from the new pyrolysis power plant. This, he said, will be used to heat algae, fish and prawn tanks. Prawns and fish harvested from the tanks will be processed at the new fish processing facilities at Milford Docks.

The company also plans to produce Halloumi cheese, which is a semi-hard brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. It is eaten primarily in Greece and Turkey. The company said they would source milk from local sources.

It was also established that the daffodil fields in Waterston would not be developed on as a means of ‘ecological mitigation’.

The power station, initially billed to generate up to 49.9MWe of electricity, will use a combination of waste wood and sustainable wood chip supplies – the latter to be imported from Morocco and Cyprus.

Waste gasses will be emitted from a 60m high stack near to the existing Wards Pier. The company has promised that there will be no noise audible from the boundary of the facility, and that emissions will be minimal, with nitrogen oxide fumes being 99% below the government-accepted safe level.

Councillors were also shown slides detailing the number of jobs that were expected to be created in each division of the new Eco Park – Mr Whitehouse said: “These will be well paid jobs, and we have already started working with the local job centre in Milford Haven to recruit suitable candidates. We have already recruited three security guards locally. West Wales has a large pool of people with the right skills.”

He added: “We are also working with Swansea University who lead the way in research in algae. We have made contact with Pembrokeshire College and we hope to be working with them on this project also.”

After the presentation councillors were able to ask questions about the proposed development.

Cllr John Cole asked: “How do you intend to control pollution from this proposed development?”

Mr Whitehouse replied: “We use ADMS4 modelling, a computer model which looks at meteorological data and the background air quality to model levels of NO2. We understand that Milford Haven is a sensitive area for N02, but we will use urea injectors in this process to minimise emissions.”

He added: “We will also have automatic shutdown if set levels of emissions are breached.”

Cllr Tony Miles did not seem encouraged by the scheme. He said: “We know that N02 is a known killer – and the top of the 60m stack will below the level of my house and other houses in Waterston. Also the jobs you are proposing are artificial – you cannot support all of these jobs.”

Cllr Miles also asked if developers had met with the local authority to discuss the additional traffic load on Waterson and the impact on a nearby playground. Mr Whitehouse confirmed that they had not.

Faced with Cllr Miles’ pessimistic tenor, Mr Whitehouse explained that the Eco Park development was a positive thing for Milford Haven, and that it was manufacturing food in an environmentally friendly way, from the waste heat from a pyrolysis plant which was supplying much needed electricity and gas. The prawns produced without the need for antibiotics would mean that a quality premium product would be created. Water for the plant would be collected from rainwater, he said, to conserve mains water supplies.

Cllr Eric Harries said: “We are waiting with baited breath for the response of the Environment Agency on this.”

Cllr Guy Woodham asked questions about the safety of the plant, and was told that the wood fuel for the plant would be sucked from ships in enclosed tubes ‘like a big Hoover’ and therefore there would be little or no fire risk.

Members of the public were not permitted to submit questions but the company promised that there would be a public meeting at the Pill Social Centre in the very near future where further details would be revealed. Those details are awaiting consultation with the other industry partners on the Milford Haven waterway.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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