Awel y Môr application submitted to Planning Inspectorate

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 26/05/2022 RWE

Awel y Môr offshore wind farm project has passed a key milestone after proposals were submitted to, and accepted for consideration by, the UK Planning Inspectorate.

The project, which is being developed by RWE Renewables on behalf of the project’s partners, now moves into the ‘pre-examination’ phase of the consenting process before a public examination, expected to begin in September 2022.

The project includes up to 50 turbines with a maximum tip height of 332m and is as a sister project to the existing
Gwynt y Môr wind farm. If approved, the Awel y Môr could be built approximately 10.5km (6.5 miles) off the coast of north Wales, to the west of Gwynt y Môr, with its grid connection planned to reach the shoreline between Rhyl and Prestatyn.

The final decision on consent will rest with the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with a decision anticipated in 2023. As the project lies in Welsh waters, a Marine License is also required from Welsh Government through Natural Resources Wales.

Tamsyn Rowe, Project Manager for Awel y Môr, said: “This is a significant milestone for the development of this nationally significant project, which will help meet the targets in the recently published UK energy security strategy. The application is made up of hundreds of pages of detailed reports and is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by the project team.

“If approved, this project will also continue RWE’s long-term role as the largest provider of renewable energy in Wales. This includes projects like Gwynt y Môr and Clocaenog, and the apprenticeship scheme at Coleg Llandrillo, which will develop Wales’ skills and capabilities in the sector for many years to come.”  

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