Offshore Wind Farm, Gwynt y Môr officially Inaugurated in Wales
The Gwynt y Môr wind farm, located eight miles offshore in Liverpool Bay, will be officially inaugurated by Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales. With an installed capacity of 576 megawatts, Gwynt y Môr is the world’s 2nd largest offshore wind farm. In total, 160 wind turbines will produce enough power to supply some 400,000 residential households with renewable electricity per year.
The inauguration of the more than £2billion wind farm is a significant achievement for RWE (60%) and its partners in Gwynt y Môr, Stadtwerke München (30%) and Siemens (10%).
RWE AG’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Terium, led the celebrations at Gwynt y Môr’s Operations & Maintenance base, newly built at the Port of Mostyn.
He said: With today’s inauguration we are now definitely playing in the Offshore Wind Champions League! Thanks to our German wind park Nordsee Ost, inaugurated only 3 weeks ago and now Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm we will become the third largest player in the European offshore market. The expansion of renewable energy is one of our main growth areas. We currently expect to invest over 1 billion EURO up to 2017 in growing renewables, with wind power at the forefront of that investment.”
Hans Bünting, CEO of RWE Innogy, adds: “At the end of this year 40% of our power generation from renewables will already come from offshore power production. Due to this increase in offshore capacity our operating result will see double-digit growth.”
Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales said: “Gwynt y Môr is a huge achievement and will continue to bring a number of benefits to the North Wales region. Local companies have been among those to benefit during construction and the site will bring high quality employment and opportunities for years to come. With young people receiving training as part of the wind turbine apprenticeship scheme at Grwp Llandrillo Menai and the courses offered at the college’s Energy Centre in Llangefni, North Wales is the go-to place for those looking for a workforce skilled in the field of energy.” second offshore wind park in which we are participating that has been successfully completed. Offshore wind is still a very young technology and entails a certain amount of imponderables.
I am all the more pleased that we have now been able to successfully conclude the construction of Gwynt y Môr. First and foremost, I would like to thank our partners RWE and Siemens, and naturally all the others who played a role in realising the park. Gwynt y Môr is a further significant building block in our Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign: by the year 2025, we want to generate sufficient green electricity to cover Munich’s entire consumption. This will put Munich on the map as the first city of over a million inhabitants to have achieved this goal!”
“Siemens has played a major role in Gwynt y Môr. Physically, by supplying both turbines and sub-stations and also by providing financing and a 12-year Service and Warranty contract”, Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore and Siemens Windpower and Renewables Division, said. “It has been an excellent team effort. Gwynt y Môr will benefit the UK economy by creating green jobs and growth as well as providing secure, sustainable and low-carbon energy for around 400,000 homes in Wales.”