Financial close of Uskmouth Power Station conversion project may be delayed

The financial close of Simec Atlantis Energy's Uskmouth Power Station conversion project may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Simec Atlantis said that the project's work programmes are 'under review' as it adapts to the constraints imposed by the virus and the ongoing workplace disruption.

In light of the pandemic, the company said it is 'reasonable to expect some delay' to its target financial close date, which was previously scheduled for Q3 2020; however, essential project development works are continuing to help minimise delay.

Simec Atlantis' statement read: "The combustion system design contract awarded to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe in October 2019 is ongoing and at this stage remains on schedule to be completed this summer.

"The application for the conversion's permit variation for the new fuel was submitted to Natural Resource Wales in December 2019 and is now open for public consultation. Further updates on revised timelines to financial close will be provided to the market when available."

The proposed waste pellets to be used at the Uskmouth Power Station will be made from roughly 50% paper, cardboard, wood or a similar material, and 50% plastic. In March, Simec Atlantis announced that it had successfully produced 100 tonnes of the pellets for testing.

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