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May 18 2015
MINISTER LAUNCHES ENVIROPARKS HIRWAUN TO CREATE
ENERGY AND JOBS FROM WASTE
The Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart today launched work on the Materials Recycling Facility that represents Phase 1 of the Enviroparks Wales £100m plus energy from waste facility on a 20 acre site in Hirwaun, at the head of the South Wales Valleys.
Enviroparks is a Welsh company and the only operator in the country to receive UK government backing via a £150m, 15 year renewable energy subsidy to produce green electricity from the advanced thermal treatment of waste. This energy will be used to power the bespoke Hirwaun industrial site with spare capacity green electricity sold to the electricity market.
Swansea based international firm Dawnus Construction has been contracted to build the recycling facility, the first phase of this multi-phase project based around green energy, which will create some 200 jobs during construction, and around the same number of jobs in the long term.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “Energy is one of our priority economic sectors with high growth potential and in particular there are significant renewable energy opportunities in Wales. This Enviroparks development has the potential to create hundreds of jobs as well as contribute to our long term energy security, whilst supporting our recycling efforts. I am very pleased to see this project go ahead with Welsh Government support, as it will contribute to our objective for Wales to become a world leader in green energy.”
Enviroparks’ managing director David Williams said: “It’s taken us a while to get to this point in a challenging financial market but we now have the key partnerships to commence the development and get underway in Hirwaun. We are so pleased to have a fellow Welsh company Dawnus on board as our construction partner, and we are having ongoing discussions with waste management companies to deliver waste to Enviroparks to be turned into energy.
“The Welsh Government has been hugely supportive in our endeavours to create green energy and jobs in this part of the Valleys, and so we are delighted to welcome Mrs Hart to the site to get the project officially underway.”
Enviroparks has an environmental permit from Natural Resources Wales to build a materials recycling and fuel preparation facility and associated site infrastructure in Phase 1. Phase 2 will see the development of a gasification plant to produce electricity from the fuels produced on site by Phase 1. Phase 3 will focus on producing electricity from organic wastes via the Anaerobic Digestion facility. A key part of the Enviroparks concept is the co-location of a ‘high energy user’ who will occupy the 10,000 square meter industrial unit planned for the northern half of the site. Discussions to secure an appropriate occupier are underway with the additional economic benefit this is expected to deliver.
ENERGY CREATION THROUGH INNOVATION
Enviroparks is a pioneer in recognising the need to site complementary technologies in one location to deliver efficiencies, and to allow space on the same site for the further commercial utilisation of recyclates produced. The availability of further space to allow the co-location of companies seeking to power thier operations with renewable energy produced on site enhances the green supply chain sought by companies considering relocating to Wales.
Fly through the Enviroparks Hirwaun development.