Pembroke Net Zero Centre PNZC

Putting Pembroke at the heart of South Wales’ low-carbon future

RWE’s vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre

Pembroke Net Zero Centre has a critical role to play in Wales and the UK’s pathway to Net Zero.

By decarbonising its current operations at the power station, while investing in new innovative technologies, RWE can establish Pembroke at the forefront of South Wales’ low-carbon future.

Together, these new technologies will be part of, and contribute to, RWE’s vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre - a hub of low-carbon innovation and clean energy generation.

Pembroke Net Zero Centre logo | RWE

RWE has a clear ambition - to be carbon neutral by 2040. Pembroke Net Zero Centre forms a critical part of this ambition, supporting the UK to achieve its Net Zero commitments, while helping to decarbonise nationally important industry and the energy sector in Wales for generations to come.

Securing the future of Pembrokeshire’s energy heritage

Pembroke has a long history of power generation, with Pembroke Power Station operational since 1960. By decarbonising the power station, and implementing sustainable energy technologies, RWE can help to secure the future of Pembroke’s energy heritage long into the future.

RWE’s vision will build on Milford Haven’s historic energy heritage, safeguarding local jobs, while establishing Pembroke at the forefront of sustainable energy innovation.

Pembroke power plant

What new technologies are being proposed?

Currently, RWE has ambitions to develop a number of new technologies at its Pembroke site. Each of these projects will be part of, and contribute to, the overall vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre:

  • RWE Pembroke Green Hydrogen, enabling the generation of green hydrogen from water, using energy obtained from renewable sources, meaning it is produced with no carbon emissions. This hydrogen can then be used to decarbonise local industry by replacing their fossil fuel usage.

  • RWE Pembroke Battery Storage, an enabling component of investment in renewable technologies, flexibly storing energy in response to fluctuations in both production and demand and making it available when it is needed most.
  • RWE Pembroke Power Station Decarbonisation, implementing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to decarbonise existing operations at Pembroke Power Station, maintaining security of supply while reducing carbon emissions.

  • RWE Pembroke Floating Offshore Wind, in the Celtic Sea, providing a renewable energy supply to homes, as well as operations at Pembroke Net Zero Centre.

  • Multi-Utility Service Transit (MUST), a collaboration with Dragon LNG and an enabling component of Pembroke Net Zero Centre, connecting industry across the Milford Haven Waterway and supporting the wider decarbonisation ambitions of the South Wales Industrial Cluster through creation of a fully integrated industrial cluster.

  • Synchronous Condenser, complementing technologies at Pembroke Net Zero Centre by enabling larger renewable energy projects to be connected to the grid, supporting Pembroke’s role in driving decarbonisation in South Wales.

Supporting local jobs and the region’s economy

Energy production is ingrained in Pembrokeshire, with vast energy skills and experience already located in the area.  RWE’s ambitions will build on this, helping to secure the future of existing industry, businesses and jobs, while providing a significant boost to the local economy.

Early analysis by Cardiff Business School indicates that by the end of this decade projects contributing to Pembroke Net Zero Centre are expected to support up to 1,500 - 2,000 jobs each year in construction. While construction will represent a boost to the regional economy Gross Value Added (GVA) by up to £70m - £100m each year, through to 2038.

This investment in South Wales and its communities will continue during operation, with projects that are part of the vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre providing a local economic boost of £28m each year and supporting approximately 95 new long-term jobs at the site, from 2040.

A further 270 Welsh jobs are expected to be created through the positive impacts of wider operational spending, while the implementation of new carbon capture and storage technology will help to safeguard the 100 existing jobs at Pembroke Power Station.

Read more about the economic benefits in this report.

Working with local industrial partners

RWE is the lead partner in the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), that works collaboratively with partners to drive decarbonisation across the region’s industrial processes. 

RWE’s ambitions for Pembroke Net Zero Centre, including hydrogen generation and new infrastructure, such as Multi-Utility Service Transit (MUST) across Milford Haven Waterway, will help to provide a clean energy alternative and secure a more sustainable future for South Wales’s long-standing industrial heritage.

Opportunities for MUST are being brought forward in partnership with Dragon LNG, one of the three UK LNG terminals providing energy security in the UK. MUST will connect industry across the Milford Haven Waterway and is a key component of Pembroke Net Zero Centre, supporting the decarbonisation ambitions of the South Wales Industrial Cluster. 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.

RWE is a partner in The Milford Haven Waterway Energy Cluster - which aims to deliver 20% of UK Government low carbon hydrogen production target by 2030 and at least 10% of the Celtic Sea floating offshore wind target by 2030. Milford Haven Waterway is a critical energy asset primed to provide the foundation of UK energy independence.

RWE’s commitment to the local community

As RWE develops its vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre, the community will be involved and informed on all projects from planning to operation. Local input is critical to good design, and RWE is committed to ensuring that the viewpoints of the community are considered and incorporated throughout the design process.  

By consulting the local community on key projects, RWE can ensure its vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre respects its environment and delivers tangible, lasting benefits to local people in Pembrokeshire. 

RWE, as part of the vision for Pembroke Net Zero Centre, will undertake the required pre-application planning consultations with the local community. Consultations on a green hydrogen facility and a battery storage project are due to be consulted on in 2024. Detailed engineering design for carbon capture and storage technology and the MUST project will continue through 2024 and into 2025.

RWE is mindful of the cumulative impact of projects at Pembroke Net Zero Centre, and in the wider area, and is committed to considering any environmental impacts and enhancements within this context.

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Pembroke Net Zero Centre

If you have any questions about RWE’s ambitions for technologies as part of Pembroke Net Zero Centre, please contact RWE’s Pembroke Net Zero Centre consultation and engagement team via:

Mail: Freepost PNZC Consultation