Cardiff Capital Region
£500 million + GDV
Green energy production and storage, net zero-carbon manufacturing site, ecology park, Pulverised Fuel Ash, de-carbonisation and giga-plant facility
Initial planning stages and consultation underway, with Masterplan recently updated.
The planning for this former power station based at Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan represents a game-changing opportunity to reset the CCR economy and green energy needs of the entire Southeast Wales region. For over 50 years the 500-acre Aberthaw Power Station supplied much of the hydrocarbon energy production for much of the UK through its now decommissioned coal-fired station. The site was purchased by the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal partnership (CCR) in 2022 with an investment package of £36.4m and is now starting its evolution into a greener, cleaner environment with the long-term development of green powerhouse for generations to come.
A site Masterplan has been developed, with CCR establishing a new private-sector company (CCR Energy Limited) to own and lead the demolition, remediation, and future development of the site.
The demolition procurement is now in the final stages and will commence in 2024. The new site masterplan for the redevelopment, which will commence with the remediation of the site and early reclamation of the PFA, will seek to:
The Masterplan aligns with the objectives of the CCR Regional Economic and Industrial Plan and the CCR Energy Strategy and will contribute towards the objectives of the UK and Welsh Government’s 2050 net zero targets. It will also provide the Region with highly skilled job creation – with the potential to create thousands of direct, indirect and induced jobs, along with local supply chain and upskilling benefits.
The remediation plans are well underway and the demolition started in 2023. This is a long-term project that will take three to four years to see the site cleaned up before redevelopment can start. In time (possibly ten to fifteen years) the site will be repositioned to maximise its long-term potential to drive sustainable and clean economic growth across the Southeast Wales region.