Unexploded Second World War bombs to be removed from North Wales coast


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

THREE unexploded Second World War bombs are set to be removed from the coast off North Wales.

RWE Innogy UK is preparing to dispose safely of three objects, identified as unexploded bombs, found on the seabed within the construction area of the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

The devices were discovered at the end of January more than eight miles offshore in Liverpool Bay following a series of severe storms which disturbed the seabed.

RWE is working with a number of specialist contractors who will carry out controlled explosions to dispose of the bombs over the coming weeks.

A Marine Licence and a European Protected Species Licence have been issued by Natural Resources Wales for the removal works.

Toby Edmonds, RWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr project director, said: “We hope to be able to carry out the removal of these bombs as soon as possible but the weather and sea state conditions need to be just right which means we are unable give precise details.

“The controlled explosions will not be visible or audible from shore and they will have no impact on the existing wind farm and other structures in Liverpool Bay.

“Proper advisory notices and information is being passed to relevant authorities, local fishermen and other seafarers.

“Until the bombs can be made safe, a 250m exclusion zone remains in place around them with work continuing as usual in other parts of the offshore construction site.”

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