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Milford Haven: South Hook power plant plans cancelled

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southhookPLANS for a combined heat and power station at a Milford Haven gas storage plant have been axed.

The project was a partnership involving Qatar Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Elf Petroleum UK, but a spokesman has said stakeholders were told earlier this month but “events had moved on”.

The plans for the power plant were granted planning consent in October 2014 but were deferred in February last year, after initial grounder’s had been completed.

About 600 construction jobs were expected to be created by the project, along with 30 permanent jobs at the site, which was next to the existing South Hook Liquefied Natural Gas terminal.

In an email to Milford Haven Town Council, a spokesman said the project was being cancelled “in the light of current market conditions and the international competition for project funding”.

“The decision not to proceed with 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.”

Cllr Stephen Joseph told The Herald: “I am sad at this news. When you have something of this magnitude just being called off now, it hits the local economy.”

Back in early 2015 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 at the time, 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 in 2015, 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 at the time: “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.”
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‘Take your children directly to Glangwili’ advice as Withybush’s Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit closes

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HYWEL DDA Health Board has confirmed that as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) at Withybush General Hospital has been converted into an Adult Urgent Care Assessment area.

The news means that parents of children with unknown urgent symptoms are asked to either contact their local GP, out of hours services via NHS 111, or take their child directly to Glangwili Hospital.

There will be no staff available to deal children with unknown urgent symptoms in children at Withybush Hospital.

The Health Board say that for children with emergency conditions, parents are still asked to dial 999.

But there has been concern as the number of ambulances serving the county of Pembrokeshire is mooted to be cut from 7 to 5.

The Health Board have released the following guidance on Monday (Sept 20): “To help keep you and your child safe at Glangwili Hospital, we have set up a new temporary Paediatric Assessment Area adjacent to the Emergency Department that will assess children in a separate facility to Adults. “This area is for children who attend from General Practitioners, Out of Hours, Welsh Ambulance and walk in admissions and will see children with illnesses.

“For injury, your child will be directed via minor injuries or Emergency Department.

The local ambulance service is under great pressure, with many crews spending long waits at the hospital (Pic Herald)

“Once an assessment has been made, if your child requires admission staff will explain that one parent can be resident on the ward, due to restrictions that we have imposed as part of our COVID-19 response.”

Mrs Paula Evans, Head of Nursing for Paediatrics and Neonates as said that: “We understand that families will be anxious at this time if their child becomes unwell or injured. COVID-19 is worrying but there may be other reasons why your child might be unwell and it is important not to delay in getting care and treatment.”

The Health Board added: “Your GP surgery can provide telephone triage and most have also introduced, or are in the process of introducing, an online consultation service called e-Consult.

“You can access this service by visiting your GP surgery’s website; follow the link to e-Consult then choose the ‘I want help for my child’ option.

“Our Health Visiting teams are also continuing to support families and new babies. If you are unable to reach your usual health visitor, please contact your local hub, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Pembrokeshire residents should call 07766 992316.”

The Health Board are saying they are hoping to re-open the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) at Withybush General Hospital in the Spring of 2022.

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Wins for Pennar, Carew and Monkton

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PENNAR Robins, Monkton Swifts and Carew all earned good wins on Saturday (Sept 18) in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League.

Pennar had beaten rivals Monkton Swifts the previous week and they followed that up with a thumping 12-0 win over Narberth.

Ross Jones opened the scoring two minutes in and he bagged a second inbetween goals from Sean Edmundson and Craig Asparassa.

Asparassa scored early in the second half to make it 5-0 before Jones claimed his hat trick.

Carl Rees got his name on the scoresheet, just seconds after coming on as a sub and he got his second and Pennar’s eighth with ten minutes to go.

Connor Roberts, Kieran Smith, Nick Willis and Ceri Griffiths all scored to seal an emphatic win.

MONKTON Swifts bounced back from their defeat to Pennar with a narrow 1-0 win away at Neyland.

Both sides had chances throughout the game but just as it looked the game would finish goalless, Monkton’s Jamie Wilkes scored in the 86th minute to seal the three points.

There was another close game between Carew and St Ishmaels but it was the Rooks who got the win.

The only goal of the game came in the second half as Zac Rowell set up Adam Muskett to score.

Action from Neyland’s game with Monkton
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Pembrokeshire dog sniffs out £10k of illicit tobacco in a single raid

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Cooper and Worcester Police. Image by West Mercia Police

AN OPERATION has successfully been carried out in Worcester, where an estimated £10,000 worth of counterfeit and illicit tobacco was seized

Cooper, from BWY Canine LTD in Clynderwen, assisted in seizing the tobacco from two premises in Worcester city centre. 

West Mercia Police carried out the operation on September 13 in partnership with Worcestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Team.

A spokesperson for BWY Canine Ltd, the leading specialists in detection dogs for the UK, said: “We were working on two operations.

“In Worcester, we found a substantial seizure from two shops, where a large quantity of the tobacco was hidden in freezers.

“Cooper located one of the most sophisticated illegal tobacco concealments that we have seen in the last 10 years.”

PC Susan Parr of West Mercia Police added: “Working with specially trained search dogs, seizures were made at two premises.

“There had previously been seizures of illegal tobacco there and significant intelligence reports and test purchases.”

Councillor Matt Dormer, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, added: “I am pleased to see this great example of Trading Standards Officers working with colleagues at West Mercia Police to tackle illegal activity in the county. Organised crime is at the heart of the trade in illicit tobacco and it can impact on our communities by reducing the takings of local honest businesses.

“The availability of cheap products also makes it much easier for young people to get hold of tobacco, creating a risk to their long term health. Our Trading Standards team will continue to work hard to remove illegal products and where necessary we will prosecute businesses and individuals that ignore the law.”

Officers took part in this joint operation as part of the force’s crack down on serious and organised crimes under West Mercia’s Protect campaign.

Recently, BWY Canine Ltd has been creating headlines across the county by working alongside law enforcement agencies.

Another canine, Yoyo, additionally assisted Warwickshire Police detect £17k of unlawful cigarettes stowed away in a sewer, at a raid on two Rugby shops.

Scamp also, working with West Midlands Police, helped sniff out a huge haul of cannabis in Walsall, with a street value of £200k.

Since 2012, Scamp alone has found over £10 million illegal tobacco products, and in 2019 he found over £1.6 million criminal cash.

Yoyo and Scamp additionally helped officers of Kent Police seize more than 35,000 illegal cigarettes from shops in Maidstone.

The award-winning family-run BWY Canine Ltd business has provided clients with professional search dog services since 2009.

The dogs are able to detect explosives, firearms, drugs, cash, tobacco, meat/products of animal origin, live bodies, human remains (cadaver), blood and semen (crime scene).

Their clients typically include police services, trading standards, private companies, NHS Trusts, Oil Refineries and the third largest Port Authority in the UK.

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