How was the site identified?
Margam Green Energy Plant was the second collaboration between Eco2 and Western Logs Group and the land was previously owned by them. The first project, Western Wood Energy Plant, was the first commercial scale biomass project in Port Talbot – which received an award for building excellence in 2009. This 40MW project burns forestry wood and clean wood processing residues in a state-of-the-art combustion plant. It has been one of the most reliable renewable energy plants in the UK.
Where is the site located?
It is located on land off Harbour Way (A4241), near Margam in South Wales. The development site is part of a wider area allocated for industrial use, which is bound by the existing Western Bionergy Plant to the south, the A48 (Margam Road) and the M4 to the east and Margam Moors, the TATA Steelworks and the London to Swansea railway line to the west.
How was the local community consulted?
The local community were consulted as part of the local planning authority’s period of formal public consultation prior to determination of the planning application. The latest planning application was secured in 2014.
What is the construction programme for the plant?
Construction of the plant began in 2015. The plant is now in its final stages of commissioning and is generating electricity to the Grid.
What is the proposed HGV traffic route to site?
The main access is off Harbour Way.
How are the air emissions regulated?
The air emissions from the plant are controlled by the Environment Agency. A permit has been granted for Margam Green Energy Plant which sets out the conditions of operation for the plant. The conditions will include requirements to monitor and report on emissions to the EA.
What is the overall cost of the project?
It’s a £160m project and was purchased by Glennmont Partners on behalf of its dedicated clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe II. Further funding will be provided by Deutsche Bank AG, supported by Danish export credit agency Eksport Kredit Fonden.
What are the benefits to the local economy? And the local community?
Margam is a long-term investment in the community which is making a financial contribution to the local economy. The construction of the plant has employed up to 400 people at full capacity and every effort has been made to employ as many local people as possible. Welsh businesses have been involved in the project’s construction. Eco2 Ltd, headquartered in Cardiff, has been the project manager through the plant’s construction and has on-going responsibilities for Margam’s fuel operations.
Glennmont Partners, the owners of the Margam plant, are supporting the local community through a Community Benefit Fund, which is administered by Neath Port Talbot Council. The Fund supports a range of community projects in the area.