Boris Johnson eyes Welsh waters as site for more wind farms as part of ‘Global Britain’ investment
The UK Government have said that they are eyeing the Welsh coast as sites for more offshore wind farms.
New offshore wind port and factory projects will be able to bid for £160m of Government funding announced by Boris Johnson.
The money, which will come out of the £1.4bn ‘Global Britain’ investment fund announced at the Budget, will go towards the development of port infrastructure capable of mass-producing floating offshore wind turbines and installing them at sea.
Wales’ coast was namechecked by Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng as holding the potential for more sites.
“The deep waters off the coasts of Scotland and Wales – which have particularly strong winds – have been earmarked as potential options for floating projects,” he said.
He added that the new investment would put the UK in a leading position to capture the full economic benefit of this fast-growing industry.
“This investment will help to attract further private sector backing to boost our industrial heartlands,” he said.
“It will create and support thousands of good quality jobs ensuring they remain at the forefront of the next generation of clean energy as we build back greener.”
The UK Government is aiming to create a gigawatt of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030 as part of efforts to decarbonise energy production.
The announcement came as Boris Johnson attended the G20 meeting in Rome, which he will use to press world leaders to take further action on climate change during next week’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
The announcement comes after the UK Government were urged in the House of Commons to devolve control of the Crown Estate, which controls much of Wales’ offshore waters.
“Devolving powers over the Crown Estate would bring half a billion pounds worth of offshore wind and tidal stream potential under Welsh control – assets currently controlled by Westminster. Scotland, meanwhile already has these powers,” MP Liz Saville Roberts said.