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100 mile underwater cable to run between Pembrokeshire and Ireland

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File picture: An example of an underwater cable

PEMBROKE POWER STATION will have a cable connected over 100 miles to County Wexford in the Republic of Ireland as part of a new power sharing scheme between the two nations.

The 500MW ‘Greenlink’ cable will be the first of its kind in South Wales, and would have the capability to power 380,000 homes.

Ofgem, the UK National Grid, and Element Power Ireland Ltd are the parties involved, and they will have surveys using drop-down cameras and sonar taken of the Castlemartin coast this summer in preparations of laying the cable.

As well as ascertaining the best route for the cable, the survey will try to identify any potential unexploded ordnance on the seabed.

A spokesman for Element Power Ireland said the €400m (£350m) scheme is designed to improve energy security in both Ireland and Wales, and pass on consumer savings through a more efficient system.

An approximate submission date of March 2019 has been set for the planning application, and they hope
to begin construction in 2020/21.

The specially made cable is expected to surface at Freshwater West, from which it will run back underground to connect with an existing substation at Pembroke.

It is planned to use as much agricultural land as possible, with conversations between Greenlink and landowners already taking place.

It is hoped that local businesses should benefit from the project during construction, and a further consultation event is expected to be held in May.

The Greenlink Interconnector Project Director Simon Ludlam, has said: “We believe that a proactive and constructive dialogue with stakeholders will result in the best possible proposal coming forward and we will be commencing a full and thorough public consultation to discuss the full project in the near future.”

The project will be privately funded by Element Power Ltd, but it will also benefit from designation as a ‘European Union Project of Common Interest’ under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Brexit will also have no bearing on the scheme, as the trade of electricity without tariffs between the UK and the EU will continue.

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Mount Estate: Man arrested after gas explosion threat

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Armed police: In the Mount Estate (pic. Herald)

ARMED POLICE have arrested a man on the Mount Estate in Milford Haven this afternoon (Oct 16) after responding to reports of a man who is threatening to set a fire using the gas supply in his flat.

The windows of the first floor flat, in Birch Mead, were smashed and a man was shouting to officers below threatening to cause an explosion.

Threatening: To cause an explosion (pic. Herald)

A Herald reporter at the scene had counted at least a dozen Dyfed-Powys Police vehicles, including vans and undercover cars.

Nearby residents have been evacuated and a cordon has been set up.

Emergency services: Gathered by the flat (pic. Herald)

Police asked residents and a Herald reporter at the scene to move back further after the arrival of the armed officers.

Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue, as well as specialists from the gas board, are also at the scene.

Watching: Locals were evacuated (pic. Herald)

A large crowd has gathered by the cordon.

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Armed officers: Locals were asked to move back upon their arrival (pic. Herald)

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Work goes on for NRW in aftermath of storm

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AFTER a weekend of heavy rain and floods which hit South West Wales particularly hard, the clear up has begun.

For Natural Resources Wales officers this means inspecting flood defences and other assets to assess and repair any damage caused by the high river levels and volumes of water.

Jeremy Parr, NRW Head of Flood and Incident Risk Management said:

“Our sympathies go out to anybody impacted by these floods and Storm Callum, it is an unwelcome reminder of the damage that severe weather can do.

“While some communities were significantly affected, for many the flood defences did their job and reduced the worst of the impacts.

The weekend storm caused 80 properties to flood across south west Wales and led to major disruption of businesses and transport across the whole of the country.

The River Teifi at Llandysul reached its highest level since records began in 1971 and the Towey above Carmarthen was at its highest since 1987.

NRW officers were on duty around the clock ensuring defence structures were sound, operating flood gates, erecting temporary defences and clearing trash screens.

In Abergwili, in the Tywi Valley, the flood gates were closed and prevented flooding despite the water level rising to within 180mm of the top of the gate, just short of the evacuation trigger of 150mm.

More people than ever visited NRW’s website to check the latest flood warning information. Before and during Storm Callum NRW’s flood pages received more than half a million-page views, while warning and informing messages on social media reached over 110,000 people.

Jeremy added: “After any major flooding event there are lessons to be learned and Storm Callum is no exception, so we will review what took place and how we responded to identify where improvements can be made.

“As is usual after any flood event, we now have our people out and about checking our defences for any damage, and to ensure they can continue to help protect people and property.”

“We won’t just look at the flood defence network, but also at our incident response and our warning and informing before, during and after the incident.

“While there were significant impacts in some areas, the initial indications are that these elements worked well.

“We will be working with our partners in local government and the emergency services to ensure we continue where possible to reduce the impacts of incidents like this.”

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Police appeal following five burglaries

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information that could help their investigation into five burglaries in the Solva and St Davids areas.

They are thought to have happened between 8pm and midnight on Sunday, September 30. Cash, jewellery and a mobile phone were stolen.

A witness has described seeing a man wearing tracksuit bottoms in the area at the time. He may have been a passenger in a small silver car.

A man (aged 32) and woman (aged 39) from Cardiff have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. The woman has been released under investigation while the man has been recalled to prison for a separate offence.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who saw anything, or has any information is asked to contact Sgt. Huw Watson at Haverfordwest Police Station by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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