Pembroke Power Station will drive forward a new generation of energy efficiency, said Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb today as he returns to home soil for the official opening of the state-of-the art facility.
The RWE npower owned power station represents £1 billion worth of investment in the UK’s energy infrastructure. It will have a total generating capacity of around 2,000MW, and will produce enough energy for around three and a half million homes.
The facility has created around 100, skilled, long-term jobs and will play a significant role in promoting the wider economic development of the local community, and Wales as a whole.
Mr Crabb, who is also the MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, will make his first official visit as a member of the Wales Office ministerial team when he attends the official opening of the power station today.
Marking the important occasion, Mr Crabb said:
“As a Pembrokeshire resident and MP, I have been fortunate enough to see first hand how the strong collaboration of RWE npower, local businesses and the wider community has led us to where we are today. I am delighted to be here to see all that hard work come to fruition.
“Apart from the long-term jobs this state-of-the-art facility will create, it will also play a significant role in promoting the wider economic development of the local community - and Wales as a whole - for generations to come.
“With the ever-increasing demand for energy production, the UK needs new sources of power generation.
“Over the next ten to 15 years, £200 billion of investment will need to be spent on new generation, transmission and generation. We are committed to ensuring the right framework for this investment in new energy infrastructure in the UK, and to work closely with the Welsh Government to ensure the opportunities are maximised for Wales.
“I have no doubt that Pembroke Power Station will play a vital role in maintaining the UK’s energy supplies for the future, and make its own contribution to creating economic prosperity for Wales.”