Uskmouth power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Uskmouth B Power Station was a 360-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned by Scottish and Southern Energy in Newport, United Kingdom.

The coal plant stopped producing power in 2017, and the plant is being converted to run on waste, starting in 2020.

Location

The map below shows the plant in Nash Common.

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Background

Uskmouth A

Uskmouth A power station was built in 1962.[1] It was closed on 26 October 1981, with a generating capacity of 228 MW.[2]

Uskmouth B

The 3 x 120 MW Uskmouth B subcritical plant power station was commissioned in 1959.[3][4][5]

Uskmouth B was earmarked for closure in 2014 and subsequently mothballed.[6] However, in 2015, plans were announced to instead convert the station to run fully on biomass.[7] These plans have since taken priority and as a result, Uskmouth has seen very infrequent use as a coal plant, with April 2017 being the last occasion.[8][9]

In June 2015, the power station was acquired by SIMEC Group and with a proposal to convert it to produce electricity from bio-mass.[10] In 2017, Atlantis Energy joined a partnership to undertake this transformation by 2020.[11]

In November 2018 SIMEC Atlantis Energy announced plans to convert its Uskmouth plant from coal-fired to energy pellets produced from non-recyclable waste. The conversion is expected to complete within 18 months, with first production planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.[12]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "The history of power generation at Uskmouth". http://www.welshpower.com/. Retrieved 2008-11-19. External link in |work= (help)
  2. Mr. Redmond (16 January 1984). "Coal-fired Power Stations". Hansard. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  3. Department of Energy and Climate Change, "Power stations in the United Kingdom, May 2012", Department of Energy and Climate Change, May 2012. (This link is to an Excel spreadsheet).
  4. Blake, Aled (19 July 2005). "£400m power station may create 645 jobs". http://www.walesonline.co.uk/. Western Mail. Retrieved 2008-11-19. External link in |work= (help)
  5. "SALE OF POWER STATION BY THE RUTLAND FUND" (PDF). http://www.lexiconpartners.com/. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-19. External link in |work= (help)
  6. "Coal-fired power station at Uskmouth to shut". BBC News. 9 May 2014.
  7. Barry, Sion (25 June 2015). "Uskmouth Power Station reopens in a move securing 40 jobs as owners confirm ambitious energy hub plans". Wales Online. Media Wales.
  8. Evans, Simon (10 February 2016). "Countdown to 2025: Tracking the UK coal phase out". CarbonBrief.
  9. Rose, Alice (3 February 2018). "Uskmouth Power Station conversion will lead to hundreds of new jobs". South Wales Argus.
  10. Barry, Sion (25 June 2015). "Uskmouth Power Station reopens in a move securing 40 jobs as owners confirm ambitious energy hub plans". WalesOnline.
  11. "SIMEC Atlantis Energy surges following Uskmouth power project update". Proactive Investors. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. "Atlantis to convert Uskmouth coal-fired power station in Wales," Power Technology, Nov 5, 2018

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