SIMEC Uskmouth Power Ltd (SUP) became part of the SIMEC group family on December 2014. SUP is a 393mW coal fired power plant in a strategic location for the UK grid, has the connections for significantly more power production, a port next door and significant available land for expansion. The plant currently is capable of cogeneration with coal and biomass. Plans are underway for its conversion to full biomass making the production environmentally friendly.
SIMEC’s objective is to significantly expand power production on the site utilizing renewable energy generation processes and technology. The conversion of the existing plant to biomass will include a biomass pelletizing plant, employing the latest steam explosion technology. The pelletizing plant will both directly feed the plants burners with biomass as well as pelletize biomass for sale to the heat market. The pelletizing plant is envisaged to operate on a combined cycle heat and power thus itself minimizing energy usage.
Other renewable technologies planned for the site will utilize waste tires, RDF, plastics and MSW. Several pyrolysis systems are being evaluated, at this time. Small scale solar, wind and tidal power generation are also being evaluated for deployment within the next 2 years. The USK river, where the plant resides, is an estuary with the second highest tidal ebb and flow in the world allowing for considerable tidal power generation.
It’s a very exciting time for SIMEC and our future in Wales.