Consent granted for Wales’ first floating windfarm
The Welsh Government has granted consent for Wales’ first floating windfarm located 40km off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Project Erebus will house 7 next-generation 14MW turbines on floating platforms, providing enough low carbon energy to power 93,000 homes.
Erebus is part of the first phase of a 4 gigawatt renewable energy development in the Celtic Sea, enough power for 4 million homes.
Future phases of the development could realise an additional 20 gigawatts of renewable energy, which will transform the way we power our homes and businesses.
Blue Gem Wind, the joint venture between TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group is currently on target to begin operating the 100MW Erebus project in 2026.
The project is part of a move away from an energy system dependent on expensive fossils fuels and will contribute to the Welsh Government’s energy targets and improving our energy security.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
We are ambitious for the floating offshore wind sector in Wales – we believe it has the potential to deliver sustainable sources of energy into the future and it is also a once-in-a-generation opportunity to open up new markets for local suppliers and to create thousands of high-quality jobs in Wales.
The Erebus project has the potential to show the world that Wales and the Celtic Sea can deliver renewable energy alongside the sustainable management of our marine resources.
In determining the marine license and the planning consents, the Welsh Government and our partners in Natural Resources Wales have enabled this project to move forward to apply for subsidy support from the UK government.
I urge the UK government to do its part through the Contracts for Difference process to drive the industry forward by working with the Erebus team to secure the first floating offshore wind project in Welsh waters, bringing jobs and green energy to our communities.
Mike Scott, project managing director at Blue Gem Wind, said:
We welcome the decision from Welsh Ministers to grant the necessary planning consents for project Erebus and have been working with Planning and Environment Decisions Wales and other key stakeholders since 2019 to develop a project that is sympathetic to the natural environment and minimises impacts to local communities and stakeholders.
Erebus, which will be the first floating wind farm in Wales, will play a crucial role in advancing the deployment of what will become a globally important low carbon technology.
Original article link: https://www.gov.wales/consent-granted-for-wales-first-floating-windfarm
Latest News from
Reducing river pollution through new action plan agreed at Welsh Government-led summit20/03/2023 14:05:00
Those were the words of First Minister Mark Drakeford as he confirmed details of a new action plan agreed at the latest River Pollution Summit.
The sky’s the limit in Swansea for new tourism venture20/03/2023 11:05:00
The Welsh Government yesterday announced a £4 million investment to bring a major new world-class Skyline tourism attraction to Swansea.
New funding to support Wales’ business, economic and research links with EU regions17/03/2023 15:10:00
New funding to help maintain and strengthen Wales’ business, economic and research ties with European regions following the UK’s exit from the EU has been announced today by the Welsh Government.
New data shows benefits of driving at 20mph as Wales prepares to lower default speed limit17/03/2023 11:25:00
Slower driving speeds, increased levels of walking and cycling and minimal impact on journey times are among the key findings of a new report carried out in areas of Wales trialling the new default 20mph speed limit.
£400,000 to support fishing industry in Wales17/03/2023 10:05:00
Fishers and vessel owners in Wales will be able to apply to a £400,000 fund from 3 April to adapt to the rapidly changing market conditions for seafood products, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.
North Wales conference key to supporting businesses on global stage17/03/2023 09:05:00
Supporting North Wales businesses to build on their capabilities is key to success in international markets, North Wales Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
First Minister visits France to meet companies investing in Wales16/03/2023 14:05:00
The First Minister will visit Paris to meet energy and industrial companies investing in Wales, during a three day visit to France.
Ukrainian hosts see uplift in ‘thank you’ payments as Wales continues to prove itself as a Nation of Sanctuary16/03/2023 12:25:00
Almost one year since the Homes for Ukraine scheme opened, the Welsh Government has today announced how it will continue to support people fleeing the war and support those already in Wales to move into longer-term accommodation.
Chancellor delivered a ‘less than bare minimum Budget’ – Welsh Government16/03/2023 09:20:00
The Chancellor’s Spring Budget has fallen well short of providing the support people need during the cost-of-living crisis, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said yesterday.