Gas terminal operator Dragon LNG has teamed up with solar developer Anesco to build a 35-acre PV farm on its land near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
Seeking planning permission for the 9.9 MW park at Waterston is the Welsh firm’s first step in its transition to renewable energy.
Erection of the park’s ground mount arrays began last month. After commissioning due this October, the farm’s 18,500 panels will provide as much as 9% of the plant’s power requirement. Anesco will optimise its output once built.
At-risk examples of local flora and fauna will be protected under the farm’s arrays, as part of a habitat creation plan.
Dragon LNG’s managing director Alexis Fletcher commented: “We are delighted that Anesco has joined us to assist on our journey in reducing the site’s carbon footprint and supporting the nation’s Net Zero ambition.
The project underpins our business objective of ensuring we evolve in the changing energy sector and securing our business as far into the future as possible. We look forward to our communities’ involvement in this proposed exciting energy transition project on our meadow at the Waterston Site.”
Anesco CEO Mark Futyan added: “We’re delighted to be working with the team at Dragon LNG on the Waterston solar project and to be supporting them with their renewable energy transition.
“As an end-to-end service provider, from development through to build, maintenance, and revenue optimisation, we are well placed to support Dragon LNG every step of the way. An important part of the project will be to give back to the local community, helping educate the next generation on climate change and renewable energy.”
Receiving its first LNG cargo in July 2009, Dragon’s terminal consists of a jetty, storage tanks and regasification facilities, combined with gas export capabilities operating 365 days per year, meeting peak gas demand for millions of commercial and residential users.
At peak output, Waterston can feed 7.6 billion cubic metres of gas per year into the UK’s national transmission system.
Pictured above, Anesco CEO Mark Futyan joins Rt. Hon Stephen Crabb MP and the Dragon LNG team in Milford Haven for the official ground cutting celebration of the 9.9MW solar PV project.