North Wales, UK Gwynt y Môr, one of the world’s largest planned offshore wind farms, is a step nearer completion with the awarding of a £15 million ($23 million) onshore cabling contract to local company Prysmian Cables and Systems.
The contract with the Wrexham-based company brings RWE npower renewables’ investment in Wales for Gwynt y Môr close to £18 million, although the farm is anticipated to cost a total of €2 billion ($2.6 billion) and to power 400 000 homes.
Prysmian will start work this month and is expected to complete installing 134 km of 132 KV underground cables in about 20 months. All of the cable will be manufactured at the firm’s Wrexham plant, in a contract that was hailed by the farm’s project director Toby Edmonds as proof of the new wind farm’s contribution to the local economy.
“There’s a huge potential for UK jobs and investment through the delivery of the Governments’ Renewable Energy Strategy and Prysmian have demonstrated that with the right approach, the work can clearly be won,” he said.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change granted consent to RWE npower renewables, the UK fully owned subsidiary of RWE Innogy, to build and operate Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm at the end of 2008.
The farm, about 18 km off the coast of North Wales, is to be built by a joint venture between RWE Innogy (60%), Stadtwerke München (SWM – Munich Municipal Utility) (30%) and Siemens (10%). The total investment cost of more than €2 billion, including the grid connection to the coast, will be split accordingly.