RWE has formed a partnership with Associated British Ports (ABP) and the Port of Milford Haven to support the delivery of floating offshore wind projects in Wales.
They will investigate the potential of transforming infrastructure at ABP Port Talbot and Pembroke Dock into hubs for the manufacture, assembly and load-out of high-tech floating wind turbines and foundations, bound for the Celtic Sea, as well as floating operation and maintenance capability.
The companies plan to undertake technical assessments, feasibility studies and economic impact studies or port capabilities and readiness to support the development of floating offshore wind projects.
RWE is proposing to build commercial-scale floating wind projects off the Welsh coast, as part of The Crowns Estate’s forthcoming Celtic Sea leasing round.
The partnership is expected to allow the companies to provide expert technical assistance and support to The Crown Estate during the process of the Celtic Sea leading and evaluation.
The projects would support the Welsh Government’s ambition for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Tom Glover, UK Country Chair, RWE said: “RWE is committed to working in partnership with Welsh Government and industry as the country looks to meet all of its electricity needs from renewables by 2035. For ABP, Milford Haven and RWE, it is clear that there is vast economic potential from offshore wind in Wales; not just in providing a renewable and sustainable energy source but also protecting and creating skilled jobs and careers and driving fresh investment in the region.
“This Memorandum of Understanding solidifies our intention to focus on and invest in industrial Welsh ports, local and national supply chain and coastal communities. Alongside the ports, we look forward to generating widespread opportunities for regional and national growth as a result of floating wind deployment in the Celtic Sea.”