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