RWE and Dragon LNG’S innovative project receives support from UK Research and Innovation
RWE, the largest power generator in Wales, and Dragon LNG, one of the three UK LNG terminals providing energy security into the UK, have formed a partnership to explore the potential construction of a Multi-Utility Service Transit (MUST) infrastructure project connecting industry across the Milford Haven Waterway.
Depending on the outcome of a feasibility study, currently underway, the opportunities that the MUST project could potentially provide are:
- Full elimination of CO2 emissions from Dragon LNG’s regasification process by utilising the residual process heat from the generators at RWE’s Pembroke Power Station
- Establishing an export route for CO2 from a potential carbon capture plant being developed at Pembroke Power Station
- Enabling the development of a CO2 liquefaction, storage and shipping capability at Dragon LNG
- Establishing an additional export route for blue and green hydrogen (H2) from the south to the north side of the Milford Haven waterway with potential hydrogen from RWE’s Pembroke Green Hydrogen projects
- Create an opportunity for other industries to access a key piece of infrastructure across the Milford Haven to enable broader industrial decarbonisation. This could include supply water, direct wire connection (potentially from offshore renewables) and other utilities or products.
As a collaborative, flagship component of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) Deployment Project, the MUST project represents a step change in net zero infrastructure. The project is supported by an award from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI’s) Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge programme, which will provide key support in the engineering and design phases of the project.
Dr Bryony Livesey – Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Director – Industrial Decarbonisation stated: “Developing cost-effective decarbonisation routes for the UK’s major industrial regions is a crucial element of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The MUST project will make an important contribution to the development of the South Wales Industrial Cluster, and we look forward to supporting the project to deliver its objectives.”
Sarah Jennings – Executive Director at Natural Resources Wales stated: “Natural Resources Wales welcomes the opportunity to support the development of the Multi-Utility Service Transit (MUST) project through the feasibility study stage. Our priority will be finding solutions that enable decarbonisation ambitions while ensuring the sensitivity of the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC and Milford Haven Waterway SSSI is fully understood and safeguarded as the proposals take shape. Through open collaboration, we hope to see innovative nature-positive solutions that carefully balance decarbonisation opportunities with the conservation of these special natural assets and the interests of local communities.”
Simon Ames, MD Dragon LNG and Dragon Energy commented: “Dragon has an exciting and incredibly important future ahead as we decarbonise our existing site through the growth of renewables to protect the lives and jobs in our communities, playing a key part in a just energy transition. We need help from government and regulators to ensure it can happen in a sustainable way providing essential infrastructure whilst protecting the environment and the grant from UKRI was incredibly timely and together with support from NRW to participate in the feasibility studies.”
Richard Little, RWE Director of PNZC, commented: “We are delighted that the MUST project has received funding. It is a key enabler of RWE’s Pembroke Net Zero Centre (PNZC), a major multi-technology decarbonisation initiative in South Wales, which supports the broader decarbonisation of the region’s industry as part of the South Wales Industrial Cluster. Using RWE’s decades of experience and expertise in power production, the PNZC will bring together three key pillars of energy infrastructure – the decarbonisation of the gas-fired Pembroke Power Station: the production of green hydrogen on site, and the development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.”