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North of Wales coast ‘ideally placed’ for renewable energy says minister as offshore ‘cluster’ announced

20 Apr 2022 3 minute read
Gwynt y Môr wind-farm and the Conwy river. Picture by Dunnock_D (CC BY-NC 2.0).

A Welsh Government minister has said that the north of Wales is “ideally placed” to take advantage of renewable energy as the accountable body for a new cluster of businesses supplying offshore wind projects was announced.

The region’s minister Lesley Griffiths said that Wales’ first Science Park, M-SParc, would lead the Offshore Energy Alliance which would pull together the activities of offshore wind and other low carbon energy projects along the coast.

The Welsh Government is supporting the formalisation of the alliance and has assisted by providing financial support to M-SParc as the accountable body in order to meet the growing mean for low-carbon energy production.

Lesley Griffiths said: “The north Wales coast is ideally placed to be at the forefront of low carbon energy production. We have already seen significant projects here, such as Gwynt y Mor.

“There is a strong skills base and the OEA will work to maintain and strengthen this, while ensuring that the coastal communities can maximise the benefits of future developments

“It’s great to see the OEA now up and running at M-SParc. I was also pleased to see bp now have a presence here too as part of the bp and EnBW joint venture looking to bring forward offshore wind projects off the coast of north Wales.

“As we deal with the climate emergency we know we have to focus on low-carbon energy generation, and the OEA will help ensure we have the skills and supply chain in place to deliver.”

The £20m M-Sparc is owned by Bangor University and was completed in March 2018, with the aim of supporting the development of the region’s low carbon energy sector.

Dr Debbie Jones, Low Carbon Innovation Manager at M-SParc said they were “excited” to be supporting the Offshore Energy Alliance.

“We can see the great benefits this will bring to the region in terms of innovation, skills and supply chain opportunities as well as helping us towards Wales’ important Net Zero ambitions,” he said.

Ifer Gwyn from bp said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the Minister for North Wales. The joint venture established by bp and EnBW to deliver the Morgan and Mona offshore windfarms welcomes today’s announcement. We are committed to working with Welsh Government, the Offshore Energy Alliance, and other stakeholders to build a project that delivers enough low-carbon electricity to power 3.4 million homes.”


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Llinos
Llinos
7 months ago

Ideally placed in that the turbines would be out of sight of English NIMBYs? Don’t get me wrong, I fully support the development of green energy, but it seems suspiciously coincidental that the Tory and the Unionist heartlands and where all the rich chums of government live, are never “ideally placed” for any kind of nuclear, industrial or post-industrial developments.

Stuart Saga
Stuart Saga
7 months ago
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Dr Jonathan F Dean
Dr Jonathan F Dean
7 months ago
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At 30 km offshore I’ll struggle to see Mona from Môn!

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
7 months ago

Perhaps Lesley Griffiths needs to talk to the Tory MP for Ynys Mon, Virginia Crosbie, who is keen to bring back radiation to Wales and tell her that those of us who live in Wales would prefer renewables to nuclear. Besides wind turnines there are other technologies whose visible impact is somewhat less (See wave power machines being built in Pembroke) and which could be deployed around much of the Welsh coast to considerable advantage. We could also do with some of these developments being so arranged that they are Community Interest Companies, ie. local people get a stake and… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Peter Cuthbert

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