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Neath nears green power station approval

Walters Environmental is awaiting a decision from a planning committee about its 3-5MW biomass power station in Neath, Wales.

The company will develop the combined heat and power plant at the old coal stocking ground in Maesgwyn, near Glynneath.
If approved it would create 50 jobs during the year-long construction stage and 14 jobs once it is operational.

Some residents and Glynneath town councillors have opposed it, arguing the site was near a wind farm Neath Port Talbot Council has approved, and next to a waste processing and transfer station which had also been given consent.

The plant would get through around 50,000 tonnes of it a year for power generation. Waste heat would be recovered from the power plant and used to manufacture high-grade wood pellets for biomass boilers, using a further 20,000 tonnes of wood.