Dubbed the Trecwn Green Energy Hub, the project comes as the company’s first UK-based green hydrogen project, planning to produce approximately three tonnes of green hydrogen per day.
Hydrogen produced at the Trecwn site is intended to be used to power trains running on railway lines west of Swansea, offering a zero-carbon alternative, while reducing infrastructure investments compared to full electrification.
Additionally, Statkraft has said the hydrogen could be used to power Pembrokeshire Council’s fleet of HGV trucks and local buses.
The company has said it hopes its proposed project will help support the Welsh Government’s Net Zero Strategy, which plans to see 70% of electricity consumption in Wales produced by renewable sources by 2030.
Statkraft says the facility will generate more than 10MW of renewable electricity, which defines it as a Development of National Significance. According to the company, the planning application is set to be submitted to Planning and Environmental Decisions Wales (PEDW), with the final decision to be made by Welsh ministers.
Matt Kelly, UK RES eFuels Programme Manager at Statkraft UK, said, “Trecwn Green Energy Hub presents an exciting opportunity to produce homegrown green energy for local use and has the potential to act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of Trecwn Valley.
“We’re working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council, and despite being at an early stage of the project, we’re keen to hear what local people think.”
H2 View understands, Statkraft is contacting around 5,000 homes and businesses in the local community with further detail on the project, as well as offering consultation events.
Kelly added, “We’re determined that our renewable energy projects benefit local people more widely and have distributed over £2m to communities near our projects, as well as working to make environmental improvements to the sites we operate. We look forward to sharing more details of our plans as they progress.”
Councillor Paul Miller, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Place, the Region, and Climate Change at Pembrokeshire Council, commented, “Today’s announcement in respect of the Trecwn Green Energy Hub is evidence of the building momentum behind the green energy market in Pembrokeshire.
“Growing and nurturing renewable technology and industry right across the county, including in our more rural communities, is vital to ensure we position Pembrokeshire and the South West region at the heart of Wales’s renewable energy push.”
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