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September 13, 2022

Massive Wind Farm Gets the Nod in North Wales

The UK government has approved the Awel y Môr offshore wind farm, marking a significant milestone for the project spearheaded by energy firm RWE. Claire Coutinho, the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, has officially granted the development consent order for the venture.

This large-scale project is a joint effort involving RWE, Stadtwerke München, and Siemens Financial Services, and aims to be fully operational by 2030. Featuring 50 turbines that can reach an impressive height of up to 332 metres, Awel y Môr is poised to become one of Wales' most substantial renewable energy projects.

Once completed, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply around 500,000 homes. Tamsyn Rowe, the RWE project lead for Awel y Môr, stated that the company aims to secure its marine licence in the upcoming months. Additionally, offshore site investigations will commence to finalise construction plans.

Rowe also encouraged companies interested in becoming part of the Awel y Môr supply chain to register for RWE's supplier transparency engagement programme.

Other big wind farms in the UK

Hornsea One

Location: Off the coast of Yorkshire

Capacity: 1.2 GW

Operational Since: 2020

Developer: Ørsted

Details: Hornsea One is currently the largest offshore wind farm in the world. It consists of 174 turbines and can power over one million homes.

Walney Extension

Location: Irish Sea, off the coast of Cumbria

Capacity: 659 MW

Operational Since: 2018

Developer: Ørsted

Details: Before Hornsea One, the Walney Extension was the world's largest offshore wind farm. It has 87 turbines and can power around 600,000 homes.

London Array

Location: Thames Estuary, off the coast of Kent

Capacity: 630 MW

Operational Since: 2013

Developer: Consortium of Ørsted, E.ON, and Masdar

Details: The London Array has 175 turbines and was the largest offshore wind farm in the world when it was completed.


Location: Moray Firth, off the coast of Scotland

Capacity: 588 MW

Operational Since: 2019

Developer: SSE Renewables, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and Red Rock Power Limited

Details: Beatrice consists of 84 turbines and can power around 450,000 homes.

Gwynt y Môr

Location: Irish Sea, off the coast of North Wales

Capacity: 576 MW

Operational Since: 2015

Developer: RWE

Details: Gwynt y Môr has 160 turbines and can power around 400,000 homes.

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