Offshore wind farm 2020: RWE UK towards a major expansion

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Located off the coast of Wales, this site represents the production of electricity for 400,000 homes. The new offshore wind farm will be placed to the west of the existing one on an area of 106 Km2 of seabed. It will be called Awel Y Môr offshore Wind Farm, or sea breeze. An appropriate name for this deep water project.

A company supported by German energy companies.

To help in the construction of this project, the company has solicited new partners. While owning 60% of the fleet, RWE UK was joined in its approach by two German companies. The municipal company Stadt Werke München will have a 30% stake and the financing arm of Siemens will hold the remaining 10%.

An offshore wind farm still in its infancy

However, according to Renewables Now, the work is still in its infancy. The size and capacity of the project is yet to be determined as project manager Tamsyn Rowe told the website:

“Over the next few months, we will begin development and planning activities to the extent possible and as directed by the government.”

Offshore wind farm supported by the crown

As early as 2017 the UK government had supported and invited UK offshore wind farm operators to set up extension projects. It is in 2019 that the leaders of London propose 7 wind projects to create 2.85 GW of new energy capacity.

Three offshore wind farms under construction

In response to this request RWE and its partners submitted three projects which were accepted:

  • Galloper,
  • Greater,
  • Awel y Môr.

Although the company is a shareholder in all three sites, it only runs the last two sites alone. Great Gabbard is, in fact, a joint development between RWE and SSE.

SSE Renewables was involved in the development of the Seagreen 1 wind farm off the coast of Scotland. This one had a capacity of 1140 MW. The company Total in 2020 has invested 78 million euros in the project. The region of the United Kingdom but also its government are therefore favorable to the development of wind energy.

Lease signed between the Crown Estate and RWE

The Crown Estate has therefore agreed during 2020 to grant a lease to build an offshore wind farm extension to the company RWE. This public body is in charge of the management of the land and sea territories of England, Northern Ireland and Wales. This initiative perfectly illustrates the choice of the English policy to turn towards a greener production. While reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The site covers a distance of approximately 106 square kilometers off the coast of Wales.

An offshore wind farm, a major success for Wales

According to Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, this initiative is important for the country’s economy. The latter told Riviera that the project would “create more jobs locally and in the supply chain.” Indeed, the Chair of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Dyfrig Siencyn, believes that the energy sector is a pillar of the Welsh economy.

A number of local jobs amounting to 200 in the area

Awel y Mô’s project manager, Tamsyn Rowe, added that the Gwyt y Môt site was worth £2.0 billion, or $2.5 billion. The Welsh Sea is home to other wind farms such as Rhyl Flats and North Hoyle, which is the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the region.

Greener energy production

This project is also important to “support the UK’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases to net zero” according to Tamsyn Rowe in Insider Media Limited. For Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford:

“This announcement brings the project one step closer to developing and realizing the site’s power generation potential.”

The chairman of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board backed up these comments by calling the region “the leading low-carbon energy production site.” The Welsh coasts represent, therefore, currently a growing potential in terms of wind energy exploitation. A prime area for cleaner, greener energy production.

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