wind farmGreat news for the energy sector in North Wales as the much-vaunted giant wind farm in Liverpool Bay has now had all 160 of its foundations planted and installed.

As the second largest wind farm in the world, Gwynt y Mor presents a huge benefit to all locals as it will reportedly generate power for up to 400,000 homes and potentially millions of people. As an installation vessel, the Friedrich Ernestine has been installing all of the foundations and planted the last one just a few days ago.

RWE are the company behind the grand project and are pleased with progress so far. Progress that has injected an estimated £350m into the UK supply chain and created 2500 jobs during the construction phase and will cement 100 full-time positions after the build is finished. The long-term jobs will see new employees working in the maintenance base at the Port of Mostyn.

As well as being a hot topic in newspapers throughout the north of Wales seemingly since it was first announced, the project has also been covered on ITV’s Ade in Britain in the past week or so. Gwynt y Mor also has a sister wind farm in Germany by the name of Nordsee Orst.

Toby Edmonds of RWE said: “This is a tremendous milestone for the project.

“Foundations consist of a monopile and a transition piece and the first of these was installed on August 8, 2012, using the heavy lift vessel, Stanislav Yudin.

“Since then a number of other vessels, including the Friedrich Ernestine, have joined the project to carry out foundation installation activity which is always a technically challenging part of the construction process.

“With this achievement behind us we can focus on installing the final 20 turbines, commissioning the entire array and bringing on line a highly capable renewable energy source, powered from the UK’s own freely available natural resources.”

Although the project’s completion date is still someway off, it will be a relief and also joy for many people of North Wales to look forward to a future of economic energy and to be able to claim the region as one of importance for energy resources worldwide.

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