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Boris Johnson eyes Welsh waters as site for more wind farms as part of ‘Global Britain’ investment

30 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Cancillería Argentina (CC BY 2.0). Gwynt y Môr wind-farm and the Conwy river. Picture by Dunnock_D (CC BY-NC 2.0).

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.

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Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 month ago

Yet more robbing of our natural resources for the benefit of England.

If Tory England did this to any other country the so-called lefties in the Labour party would be up in arms about it, but because they exploit the natural resources of Wales for the benefit of England they think this is OK. Because of course they are ‘internationalists not nationalists’.

Or English imperialists as I prefer to think of them.

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
30 days ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

They are all over the UK.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
30 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

The point is that English natural resources are under the control of the English government for the benefit of England whereas Welsh natural resources are under the control of the English government for the benefit of England. Wales does not benefit from the exploitation of our own natural resources and does not have any say in how they are used.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

I wonder what would happen if they decided to surround the Channel Islands or Scillies with windfarms?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
30 days ago

How many wind farms are being placed off the coast of Devon & Cornwall, I wonder?

Again we have England dictating what other part of Wales they can blight to feed their thirst for power.

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
30 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Most UK windfarms are and will be on English land and in English waters.

You only have to search on the internet for two seconds to find that out.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
30 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

And does that justify the exploitation of Welsh natural resources by a foreign colonial power i.e. England? If England’s natural resources were under the control of the Welsh government for the benefit of the Welsh the English people wouldn’t accept it for one second. And yet the people of England think it perfectly acceptable to exploit the natural resources of a foreign nation.

BERYL RICHARDS
BERYL RICHARDS
30 days ago

THE GOVERNMENT 9DEVOLVED0 SHOULD PLAY HELL ABOUT THIS. they raped us over the coal, and now this is another racist attempt on our assets. WE SHOULD BE GOING FOR INDEPENDENCE away from these tory pigs

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
30 days ago
Reply to  BERYL RICHARDS

The majority of the UK’s wind farms are in England.

Electricity will be the only source of power for everything before long so they need to be every where.

In what world is that racist?

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
30 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

“The majority of the UK’s wind farms are in England”. What is your point exactly? The natural resources of Wales should be under the control of the people of Wales not a foreign colonial power. And let me spell it out for you: that foreign colonial power is England. By stating that the majority of the UK’s wind farms are in England you seem to be implying that the renewable energy produced in Wales is somehow insignificant or not really needed by England. Well if that’s the case why is the English government so keen to exploit our natural resources?… Read more »

Dale McElwee
28 days ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

No one in England cares what language anyone in Wales speaks, really

Most of the victimhood comes from Anglophone Welsh of the like you get on here who have a chip on their shoulder that they haven’t made the effort to learn it

There are more Polish speakers in England than Welsh speakers in Wales.

There are 81 registered languages spoken in Dagenham.

Try manning up and getting over Jeremy Clarkson get on Duolingo.

It will relax you a little

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
27 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

Dale, what is your point exactly?

By which I mean what is the point in you.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
30 days ago

Let them, upon independence we can either take them over or charge rent for them being on our land. Even if they are on the royal estate – it will still part of Welsh territory and should be taxed and rent applied. Our resources belong to Wales time to stop the plundering.

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
30 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

England has way more of them.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
30 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

Yes Dale, England has more of them. That would be because England is geographically bigger, it doesn’t take a genius to work that out. But the English ones are under the control of the English government whereas the Welsh ones are under the control of the English government.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
30 days ago

Never, never, never!

Dale McElwee
Dale McElwee
30 days ago
Reply to  Mick Tems

Why? Every other nation has them.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
30 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

Dale, this is getting tiresome. Perhaps England’s natural resources should be placed under the control of the Welsh government and exploited for the benefit of the Welsh people. Do you think the people of England would go for that? Of course not, and why should they. So why should the natural resources of Wales be exploited by a foreign colonial power? You really seem to be missing the point. It is not the exploitation of Welsh natural resources that is the problem, the problem is that this is being done to us not by us and for the benefit of… Read more »

Dale McElwee
29 days ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

Let’s put this simply.

1. Electricity needs will increase as fossil fuel use decreases
2. Wales will need electricity as well
3. The world needs renewables.
4. The UK government is putting them up everywhere.

It isn’t a “foreign power” because Wales is in the UK and there is nothing like a mandate to leave.

Explain?

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
29 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

Dale, no-one – at least not on this forum – is disagreeing that we (by which I mean the whole world, not just Wales and England) will need more renewables as fossil fuel use declines – this is self-evident and really doesn’t need to be pointed out. And yes I am fully aware of the fact that england has renewable resources of it’s own and that the english tory government isn’t just exploiting renewable resources in Wales. Again this doesn’t need to be pointed out. You seem to think that I am missing the point about the need for more… Read more »

Dale McElwee
28 days ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

“Oh and by the way, most people in Wales and Scotland did not vote tory so they have no mandate in either of those two countries” TheUK voted to a conservative majority. Come to mention it, nigh on half of Welsh voting electorate did. Boris Johnson was asked to form a government in her Majesty’s name. If you fancy putting your “no mandate” silliness where your mouth is , go into a police station and tell them the laws they enforce aren’t valid. Independence parties failed at the last Senedd election. Christ – Rhondda couldn’t wait to turf Leanne Wood… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Dale McElwee
Rob
Rob
28 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

So “nigh on half of Welsh voting electorate” vote Tory do they. They got just over a quarter of the vote at the Senedd Election earlier this year and received just a third of the vote in Wales at the 2019 General Election. That is a long way short of receiving nearly “half of Welsh voting electorate” as you put it. I assume you must be getting your figures from Mickey Mouse!! 😂😂

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
27 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

Dale, you could at least try to get your facts straight. If the tories got half the vote in Wales they would (because of the perverse nature of first-past-the-post) have had well over half the Welsh seats. The didn’t, get over it. And as for the UK, the tories got 43.6% of the vote in the 2019 english election. In other words 56.4% of the electorate did not vote for Bojo the Clown, so I hate to disappoint you (actually that’s a complete lie) but the UK did not vote for a tory majority. The fact is that most people… Read more »

Derek
Derek
27 days ago
Reply to  Dale McElwee

How many tory MPs in Scotland, and out of how many MPs in Scotland?

Ex Plaid member
Ex Plaid member
24 days ago

Most of Wales is safe. The MOD won’t allow offshore wind farms as it makes playing war more difficult.

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