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23 April 2024
Renewable Energy

RWE Launches Pre-application Consultation for Pembroke Green Hydrogen

RWE is progressing proposals to develop a green hydrogen production facility on its land adjacent to Pembroke Power Station.

Hydrogen can be used as a clean energy alternative for industrial processes, displacing their current fossil fuel usage and reducing their carbon emissions.

RWE’s plans include a circa 110Mwe electrolysis green hydrogen production facility and a 1.5km pipeline running west to connect to nearby industry. Once operational, the site will be capable of producing two metric tonnes of hydrogen every hour, with oxygen as the only significant by-product from the plant.

By displacing fossil fuel consumption in local industrial activities, hydrogen generated at RWE Pembroke Green Hydrogen will reduce local CO2 emissions by approximately 93,000 tonnes every year – the equivalent of removing 18,600 cars from the roads.

RWE has now launched a consultation on its plans, which will run until Monday May 20 2024.

The UK Government has set a target to deliver 6 gigawatts (GW) of green hydrogen production capacity by 2030, and has identified South Wales as a suitable location as it could help to secure a more sustainable future for South Wales’ long-standing industrial heritage.

RWE has outlined its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2040. As part of this commitment, the company will be looking to decarbonise current operations at the power station, while investing in new innovative technologies at the site, including hydrogen, battery energy storage systems, and floating offshore wind.

RWE Pembroke Green Hydrogen is part of RWE’s vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre – a new hub of low-carbon innovation and clean energy generation at their power station site.

It says the centre will build on Pembrokeshire’s local energy heritage, safeguarding existing jobs at the site while delivering a significant local economic investment and creating new jobs throughout construction and operation.

Commenting on wider vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre, Richard Little, Pembroke Net Zero Centre Director, said:

“To secure the future of industry in South Wales and safeguard local jobs we need to provide clean energy alternatives locally. Our proposals for green hydrogen generation will do just that, helping to reduce CO2 emissions in local industrial activities by approximately 93,000 tonnes every year.

“We strongly encourage the community to get involved in the consultation process, to learn more about our proposals for green hydrogen technology, our wider ambitions for Pembroke Net Zero Centre, and to have their say on the proposals.”

Members of the community are being invited to leave feedback via the project website: rwe.pembrokenetzerocentre.co.uk/greenhydrogen, telephone 01646 370090, via email at [email protected] or by writing to ’Freepost PNZC Consultation’, with no stamp needed. They are also being offered a private discussion with the project team to discuss the plans in more detail, and to ask any questions.

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