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Jobs boost for South Pembrokeshire?

24th February 2012



The North Hoyle wind farm off the north Wales coast

The North Hoyle wind farm off the coast of north Wales


Jobs boost for South Pembrokeshire?

          Though members of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were expecting to hear of the huge quantities of clean green energy that would be produced from the proposed Atlantic Array, they were delighted to be told that there could also be a significant boost for job opportunities in South Pembrokeshire. This was the message given by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager of the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel, at their recent meeting.

          In 2009 The European Renewable Energy Directive set a target for the UK that means that 20% - 30% of electricity must be generated from renewables by 2020. In the same year RWE Npower Renewables was awarded the right to develop the Bristol Channel for an offshore wind farm. This is the Atlantic Array. It will be 13kms from Lundy, 14kms from North Devon and 16kms from the Gower. The electricity cables will come ashore in North Devon and taken underground to the grid connection.

          Depending on turbine size, there will be either 188 or 417 located in the Array. The electricity generated will be sufficient to power 1.5 million homes - the equivalent of 90% of Wales' requirements or 40% of South West England. The proposed timetable is; to complete a Draft Environmental Statement by early summer 2012, submit consent application by 2014, gain consent by 2015, start generation in 2016 and complete construction in 2019.

          One round of public consultation has already been carried out and the feedback has influenced the project's structure. A second round will be carried out following the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment.

          Clearly a project of this size will require extensive onshore facilities. Ports for the initial construction stage and the long term operation and maintenance (support) stage are being looked at on both sides of the Bristol Channel. These will require high level engineering facilities, sufficient lay down areas and suitable quays. Access should not be unduly constrained by tides. Milford Haven is currently one of the ports being considered.

          Many employment opportunities will flow to the chosen port. A 40 million budget has been allocated to the initial stages of the project. Much of this will be spent in South Wales, particularly for the necessary onshore construction work. In addition accommodation for staff will be needed and supply chain opportunities will be available for local enterprises. It is estimated that the local supply chain based at Mostyn in North Wales which service the Windsmoor wind farm, will earn in the region of 50 million over the next twenty-five years.

          RWE are committed to supporting local communities. Local businesses will be made aware of the opportunities afforded by this project. A database is being created that will include all businesses which wish to be involved.

          Once the project is generating a community investment package will be set up which will assist in long term local economic development.

          It was clear that when this project is 'up and running' South Pembrokeshire may well benefit from a wide range of new job opportunities in addition clean green energy.

V.R.


Past Articles
DateTitle
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity


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