Belfast Telegraph

First mini power station to feed steel plants with renewable energy commissioned

The first of a network of mini power stations designed to feed steel plants with renewable energy, has been commissioned.

Liberty Steel and Simec have created the first of 14 stations which will be located next to industrial sites across the country.

The first installation, a plant driven by biofuel, was inaugurated at Liberty's site in Newport, south Wales.

The move is part of a so-called Greensteel strategy by the GFG Alliance, a collaboration of several businesses owned by Sanjeev Gupta of Liberty House and his father PK Gupta of Simec.

Simec chief executive, Jay Hambro, said: "On a cold, still winter's day, when neither solar nor wind power could be operational, Simec's peaking plants can provide on-demand power to UK industry as required.

"Greensteel is an exciting new blueprint for British industry and clean energy is right at the heart of that plan.

"These peaking units represent just one part of a wave of energy innovation we plan to bring forward to underpin this bold strategy."