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RWE deploy cutting-edge carbon capture technology at Pembroke Power Station

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RWE, Wales’ largest power generator, unveiled its plans today to advance three groundbreaking carbon capture projects, positioning itself as a trailblazer in the mission to decarbonise the UK’s power sector.

The blueprint entails RWE’s development proposals for deploying cutting-edge capture technology at its Pembroke Power Station. Once realized, the project will facilitate the long-term generation of up to 2.2 gigawatts (GW) of secure, flexible, and decarbonised power, capable of capturing approximately 5 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

This staggering achievement is tantamount to removing one million petrol-driven cars from the roads.

RWE, operating the UK’s largest fleet of gas-fired power stations and a prominent renewables generator, believes that carbon capture and storage (CCS) represent a viable solution for delivering reliable, dispatchable, and decarbonised power generation. By embracing CCS technology, RWE aims to support the UK’s ambition to decarbonise its power system by 2035 while simultaneously ensuring long-term energy security.

Furthermore, the three proposed CCS projects not only contribute to the UK’s energy stability but also form an integral part of RWE’s global aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, an objective aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Tom Glover, the UK Country Chair for RWE, expressed his optimism, stating, “In order to decarbonise the power sector, support security of supply and enable large-scale industrial decarbonisation, it is important that clean gas generation projects are developed.

Carbon capture can support the expansion of the other renewable and low carbon technologies that RWE is a leader in deploying, by providing energy security through firm and flexible provision of electricity that is not reliant on weather. I am pleased to announce our plans for three UK carbon capture projects, representing an important step in our progression towards decarbonising our existing gas fleet.”

The Pembroke project serves as a cornerstone of RWE’s Pembroke Net Zero Centre (PNZC), a significant multi-technology decarbonisation initiative in South Wales. This initiative, in conjunction with the South Wales Industrial Cluster, supports the broader decarbonisation of the region’s industry.

Leveraging RWE’s decades of experience and expertise in power production, the PNZC brings together three crucial energy infrastructure components: the decarbonisation of the gas-fired Pembroke Power Station, the on-site production of green hydrogen, and the development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.

Richard Little, Director of PNZC, acknowledged the project’s significance, affirming, “We are pleased to announce our plans for a Pembroke Power Station carbon capture project. This project is a key element of our Pembroke Net Zero Centre and important to support the Welsh government’s ambitions for carbon neutrality. The project will support decarbonisation of the power sector, support security of supply, and large-scale industrial decarbonisation.”

RWE is currently making progress with initial environmental studies and surveys while preparing the necessary information to apply for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s Track 2 Phase 2 cluster sequencing funding application process.

This funding process is specifically dedicated to carbon capture projects located in proximity to carbon capture storage or transport facilities.

The Pembroke carbon capture initiative is one of three novel projects spearheaded by RWE across the UK, all striving to provide a practical solution to delivering reliable and dispatchable power stations while supporting the UK’s target of achieving a net zero energy industry by 2035.

Apart from the Pembroke venture, the other projects are planned for RWE’s existing station at Staythorpe and a newly built gas-fired power station with carbon capture at Stallingborough.

These projects are strategically located near proposed CO2 networks or possess access to shipping facilities, facilitating the safe transportation and storage of CO2. Together, these initiatives will form a vital component of a robust and comprehensive energy network, ensuring stable and secure generation whenever the need arises.

RWE said further information regarding the project will be made available in the coming months, including community information events.

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Police launch urgent search for missing 16-year-old in west Wales

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POLICE are actively searching for a missing 16-year-old boy, known only as Kobi, who has not been seen since last week. The teenager has connections across various towns in west Wales, including Llandeilo, Carmarthen, and Cardigan.

Kobi, described as tall with shaved black hair featuring a purple tint, was last spotted in Llanelli. Authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of the boy immediately.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued a public appeal, stating: “Can you help find Kobi, who has been reported missing? Kobi is 16 years old, and described as tall with shaved black hair which has a purple tint.”

Anyone with information on Kobi’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police without delay, as concerns for his welfare continue to grow.

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Feedback wanted on regional transport vision

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VIEWS are wanted on the future of transport in South West Wales.

Covering Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea, a case for change that’s been developed for a regional transport plan is now open for public feedback until Monday August 26.

The case for change shows how the plan is essential to support the ongoing economic development of the region, while recognising its diverse communities and varying transport needs.

Aims of the plan include improving walking and cycling routes to local services, as well as achieving a shift away from private car usage to more sustainable forms of transport. Affordability will be at the centre of the plan to ensure access to transport is available to all.

Comments on the case for change will help inform a draft regional transport plan that will also be consulted on when it’s ready for feedback.  

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro plans for an integrated bus and rail network will continue to be developed alongside the regional transport plan’s delivery in future. 

The rail metro elements are projected to add over a million journeys to the rail network, helping move more people out of cars and onto public transport than any other scheme in Wales.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Corporate Joint Committee (CJC) for South West Wales, said: “Adding to an outstanding tourism offer, South West Wales is undergoing a time of unprecedented investment, thanks to developments like the Celtic Freeport and £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal.
“These schemes – in combination with many others – will help create thousands of jobs for local people and attract even more investment to South West Wales in future, but we’ve also identified that our current transport network needs significant improvement to keep pace with these developments, while also better meeting the needs of local people in all the region’s communities – both urban and rural.
“The case for change – which also highlights the importance of affordability, climate change considerations and low-carbon transport – is intended as a guide to help inform the emerging regional transport plan.”
Cllr Darren Price, Carmarthenshire Council’s Leader and Chairman of the CJC’s transport sub-group, said: “The transport network is at the heart or our region. It takes us to work, education, healthcare and leisure and social activities both throughout South West Wales and further afield.
“It affects everyone, which is why we’re opening up our case for change for the regional transport plan for public feedback.
“With the population of the region also expected to increase in the coming decades, we need a transport system that accommodates existing and future developments in a way that supports sustainable travel choices, economic activity and social inclusion across the region.”
Head to www.cjcsouthwest.wales/consultation for more information and the opportunity to give feedback.
Email [email protected] if you have any queries.
Paper copies of the feedback form and consultation materials are available at:
Carmarthenshire: Ammanford Customer Services Hwb on Quay Street, Carmarthen Customer Services Hwb on St Catherine’s Walk or Llanelli Customer Services Hwb on Stepney Street.
Neath Port Talbot: Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre or The Quays on Brunel Way in Baglan Energy Park.
Pembrokeshire: County Hall in Haverfordwest.
Swansea: The Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road.

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Freshwater West named The Times newspaper Beach of the Year

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FRESHWATER WEST has been named Wales’s Beach of the Year, according to the annual best beaches guide by The Times and Sunday Times. The comprehensive guide, now in its 16th edition, lists the top 50 beaches in the UK and will be available in print on 21st July.

Chris Haslam, the award-winning chief travel writer for The Times and Sunday Times, described Freshwater West as “a wilderness of dunes, sand and rocks that draws surfers from across the world to ride its winter waves.” Haslam has personally inspected all 50 beaches on the list over the past eight weeks.

The guide evaluates the stunning beauty of the UK coastline using a meticulous 11-point checklist. This includes water quality, cleanliness, accessibility, parking facilities, lifeguard presence, hygiene standards at restrooms and showers, and dog-friendliness. For 2024, only beaches rated as “excellent” for water quality by national environment agencies have been included, and the guide exclusively covers mainland beaches.

Here are the best beaches in Wales according to the guide:

  • Wales’s Beach of the Year: Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
  • Llanddwyn, Anglesey
  • Porth Iago, Gwynedd
  • Penbryn, Ceredigion
  • Mwnt, Ceredigion
  • Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
  • Pendine Sands, Pembrokeshire
  • Mewslade, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Oxwich, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan

Chris Haslam reflected on his travels, saying, “My Jack Russell, Dave T Dog, and I have journeyed 5,583 miles and explored 543 beaches. The 50 beaches that made our list are graced with outstanding natural beauty, superb infrastructure, and a clear sense of pride from those who live, work, and play there. I’m still in awe of the beauty of the UK coast. From Kynance to Caithness, and Brancaster to Benone, the beaches of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are the most magnificent on earth.”

For more details, visit The Times and Sunday Times Best UK Beaches.

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