Major Anglesey windfarm plans fall through


Tomos Hughes

PLANS to develop a large-scale windfarm off the Anglesey coast have fallen through.

Developers Celtic Array have pulled the plug on the planned 2.2GW Rhiannon Wind Farm, which was due to be located some 12 miles off the Anglesey coast.

Celtic Array, a joint venture between DONG Energy and Centrica, have announced the decision after a series of assessments showing the challenging ground conditions of the seabed, which they say have rendered the development "economically unviable".

Anglesey County Council leader, Councillor Ieuan Williams, said: “It’s hugely disappointing, especially as Celtic Array only recently carried out their second stage consultation for the offshore developments and were also actively pursuing onshore connections on Anglesey for the Rhiannon wind farm.

“We’d hoped that the Rhiannon Wind Farm operational base could have been located in the Port of Holyhead, given its potential for assembly, operations and maintenance of off shore wind farms.

"This could have brought jobs and economic benefits to the Island.”

Anglesey Energy Island programme director, John Idris Jones, added: “It goes without saying that this decision is hugely disappointing.

"This is the nature of the energy sector, however, and highlights the risk involved on the journey from concept to development and generation.

"Although the decision was out of the County Council’s hands, we will continue to work with developers through the Energy Island Programme to reduce the risks involved in potential developments.”

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