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Information for Uskmouth Power Station, West Nash Road, Nash, Newport

Status: Prevented
Planning Region: Wales
Planning Sub-Region: South Wales
Operator: SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Capacity: 900,000
Campaign Group(s): Friends of the Earth Cymru, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Biofuelwatch and South Wales Without Incineration Network (SWWIN)
Notes: Conversion of coal-fired power station. Sometimes described as 'biomass', but it was reported in July 2019 that the plant: "will be fuelled with pellets derived from waste. The pellets will contain high levels of plastic waste" [Source]. On the 29th of May 2020 SIMEC announced the commencement of the 28-day Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) for the conversion project which will run throughout June 2020 [Source, Source]. It was reported in February 2021 that the Council could not grant planning permissio nfor the application while the Welsh Government were considering a request that they call-in the application [Source]. A consultation on the variation of the permit ran from 26th March 2020 until 8th May 2020 (PAN-008534). NRW has stated that once they reached a proposed decision they will launch a 20-day minded-to consultation. Uncertainties have arisen regarding the future of this proposal due to the Welsh Government's announcement in March 2021 that there would be an immediate moratorum on new incinerators of 10MW and more and that: "The moratorium will also mean small-scale plants, of less than 10MW, will only be allowed if applicants can show there is a need for such facilities in the regions in which they are planned. Small plants would also need to supply heat, and - where possible - be carbon-capture and storage enabled, or ready" [Source]. (Entry updated 2021-03-25)

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