Margam Community Fund Supports Local Sports Clubs and a whole lot more

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Tata Steel Sailing Club and Margam Archery Club and are the latest beneficiaries of a fund open to community groups in the ward of Margam.

From right to left in the foreground of the photograph would be Councillor Rob Jones ( Margam Ward), Paul Hinder ( Project Development and Funding Manager), Mr. Murray Patterson of 'Glennmont Partners' (Biomass/Margam Green Energy), the Chairman of the Margam Archers Dave Hughes, Councillor John Rogers ( Taibach Ward), David Cook , Secretary of the Margam Archers Club.

From right to left in the foreground of the photograph: Neath Port Talbot Councillor Rob Jones ( Margam Ward), Paul Hinder (Project Development and Funding Manager), Murray Patterson of Glennmont Partners/Margam Green Energy, the Chairman of the Margam Archers Dave Hughes, Councillor John Rogers ( Taibach Ward), David Cook , Secretary of the Margam Archers Club.

The Margam Community Benefit Fund was established earlier this year by Margam Green Energy in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The annual community fund of £17,500 is available for the 20 year lifetime of a new wood fired power station that is under construction on land adjacent to Harbour Way in Margam.

Margam Green Energy Limited is providing the funding to promote inward investment and to support community facilities and activities in the local area. The individual grants of up to £3000 have supported a range of projects that have a positive impact upon health and recreation, education, environment, culture, energy efficiency and the local economy within the ward of Margam.

Tata Steel Sailing Club was awarded £2,605 to purchase wetsuits to make it easier for local children and adults to experience sailing for the first time. Margam Archers were given money to buy new equipment for members.

Other recipients include Tata Steel Cricket Club, who received money to improve their kitchen area and tea room; Margam Community Centre, which received funding to improve the Centre’s energy efficiency and Margam Youth Club, which has had its sports hall floor refurbished.

Two schools have also received monies from the Fund so far this year – Coed Hirwaun Primary School and Dyffryn Upper School. Coed Hirwaun received a grant of £3000 to part-fund the installation of a canopy to provide a dry learning area for the teaching of outdoor activities, whilst Dyffryn Comprehensive received funding to provide Welsh languages classes for parents.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Cllr Ali Thomas welcomed the funding, He said: “This is a good example of the community benefit which the Council aims to maximise when attracting private sector investment into the area. I am delighted to see that this fund is being put to good use by groups in the Margam area.”

Councillor Rob Jones, ward member for Margam on Neath Port Talbot Council said: “The Margam Green Energy Community Benefit Fund is making a really positive impact across Margam and I encourage other local groups to apply for funding.”

Peter Dickson, Director of Glennmont Partners, the owners of the Margam Green Energy Plant said: “It’s great to see the Fund supporting a range of community projects in the Margam area. The Margam Fund will continue to support the local community for many years to come.”

He added: “Construction of our Margam Green Energy plant is making good progress. We are expecting it to start generating renewable electricity by the middle of next year, generating enough electricity to power approximately 75,000 homes in the region. When open it will directly employ 30 people.”


Project Update, July 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Good progress continues to be made on the construction of the renewable energy power station. The main buildings, the boiler house and the woodchip store (which will store up to 7 days of fuel stock when in operation) are well advanced, and the ducting for the connection to the local electricity grid is in place.

An average of 200 people are currently working on site for the main project contractors and more than 30 sub-contractor firms, and this number will peak to 350 people within the next few weeks. A good number of the sub-contractors are local to the area including Davies Crane Hire (Swansea), Shufflebottoms (Swansea) and Cardiff Steel.  Everyone is working hard to have the Margam plant ready for operation next year.

Given the size and nature of the project a great deal of attention is given to ensuring the highest standards in health and safety management on site and there are guidelines and procedures which are strictly enforced. We are pleased to report that, to date, there have been no lost-time accidents.

Relationships with the local community and Neath Port Talbot Council are important for the Margam plant. On July 7th, council members and officers visited the site to see the work that has been done since their last visit in February. In addition to this over recent months, the plant has hosted visits from engineering students from Swansea University and a ‘Women in Construction’ Group from Avon and we were pleased to welcome pupils from Dyffen Comprehensive School who visited the site and painted a mural on the entrance to the site.

As well as hosting educational visits, Margam Green Energy Limited is providing money to the Margam Community Benefit Fund that is administered by Neath Port Talbot Council. Since the Fund was launched in January, 10 different groups in the area have received money including the Margam Community Centre, Coed Hirwaun Primary School, Age Connects and Margam Archers.  Information on the application process for funding can be obtained from Neath Port Talbot Council.

Neath Port Talbot Councillors visit Margam Green Energy

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Councillors from Neath Port Talbot Council yesterday visited Margam Green Energy Plant to see how construction work was progressing and meet members of the Margam project team.  Construction work has been going on for 12 months and work will continue through to next year when the plant is set to enter operation.

The Margam project team hosted Councillors Rob Jones (ward member for Margam and Chairman of the Council’s planning committee), John Rogers (ward member for Taibach, Cabinet Member for Social  Care, Health & Housing) and  Anthony Taylor (ward member for Taibach, Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Property Services).  The Councillors were joined by Council officers.


Construction Update

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

With construction nearing its first anniversary, the project has become more visible within the local area, with the main boiler house being the tallest part of the overall scheme – 40m high. Work is progressing well, and we are on schedule for a start of commercial operations during 2017.

Construction work commenced on site in February 2015 and over the past 12 months, we have undertaken groundworks, levelled the site, undertook piling, built the foundations for the various plant buildings and constructed the necessary access roads (the Peripheral Distributer Road (PDR) at Harbour Way, together with the link to Western Bioenergy’s access road).


Groups in Margam urged to apply to new community fund

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Community groups in the ward of Margam are set to benefit from an annual community fund of £17,500 for the 20 year lifetime of a new wood fired power station that is under construction on land adjacent to Harbour Way in Margam.

The Margam Community Benefit Fund has been established by Margam Green Energy Limited, which is owned by Glennmont Partners, a UK-based clean energy investor with interests in renewable energy projects elsewhere in the UK and across Europe.


Glennmont completes purchase of 40MW Biomass project

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Glennmont Partners has completed the purchase of the Margam Green Energy Project from ECO2 Ltd. and Western Logs Group on behalf of its dedicated clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe II in a £160m deal.

The Margam Green Energy Project will see a new biomass power generation plant built in Port Talbot, Wales, providing 40 MW of renewable energy to the Welsh and UK Energy market.