innogy starts proceedings for Awel y Môr offshore wind farm

In: Windfarms
innogy has commenced the design and consenting process for the Awel y Môr offshore wind farm. Currently in the early stages, this process, including comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement, is expected to take up to five years with construction following thereafter, and full operations by 2030.

The project was one of seven offshore wind farm extensions selected by the Crown Estate to progress towards development in August 2019. The 106 km2 extension will be located 12 km off the coast of Llandudno, and west of the existing 576 MW
Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm.

The detailed design process for the project commenced in Autumn 2019. Although the turbine type for the project has not yet been chosen, it is expected to have a generating capacity in excess of 500 MW.
Awel y Môr is expected to share a grid connection with Gwynt y Môr at Bodelwyddan, and innogy has already received a grid offer from the National Grid.

The Development Consent Order (DCO) application is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in Q2 2022, with a decision anticipated in Q3 2023. As well as a DCO, the project requires a Marine Licence (ML) from Natural Resources Wales. The Planning Inspectorate and innogy intend to run the DCO, Marine License and EIA and HRA assessments in parallel.

An Inception meeting was held earlier this year between the Planning Inspectorate and innogy's developer company, Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited, outlining the proposed planning schedule:
  • Scoping/HRA expected march 2020.
  • Consultation on transmission infrastructure siting options expected Q2 2020.
  • Offshore geophysical surveys will commence later in 2020.
  • Statutory consultation  expected to take place Q3/Q4 2021.
  • DCO application submission in Q2 2022.
  • DCO application decision expect Q3 2023.
  • Fully operational by 2030.

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