New electricity generation facility in Hawarden would ‘help to prevent blackouts’
A gas-powered energy plant could be built on Hawarden Industrial Park.
An application has been entered by Conrad Energy Limited to create the electricity generation facility on land off Clwyd Close.
The site is currently used as a storage site for plastic containers.
The 2.5MW plant would provide a back-up supply when there is high demand on the network in order to prevent blackouts.
In a planning statement, the company said the facility would also help to avoid use of other less efficient types of fossil fuel being used.
They said: “The proposed development will enhance significantly the economic value use of the land and make a real contribution to the sustainability of the industrial park by contributing to the security of electricity supplies.
“The new proposal will include one gas generator, to provide a maximum generation capacity of 2.5 MW, associated transformers, amenity cabins for the operator, gas station kiosk, and waste oil tanks.
“The development will assist the balancing of the electricity supply demand of National Grid and the local electricity distribution system, operated by Scottish Power Energy Networks, SPEN.
“The project forms a crucial part of the electricity demand supply management, improving the security of supply, avoiding blackouts and outages that could otherwise occur as the UK moves to a low-carbon economy.
“The generation will be operated on request, responding to avoid use of other less efficient types of fossil fuel generation; thereby, enabling the management of largescale intermittent renewable energy.
“In summary, this development on the land at Hawarden Industrial Park is an important part of UK’s strategy for maintaining secure electricity supplies.”
Flintshire Council is aiming to make a decision on the proposals later this month.
By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).
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