The proposed Awel y Môr offshore wind farm has confirmed its latest design details following a successful round of informal consultation with local communities.
The RWE-led project has now selected the preferred siting of the transmission infrastructure, and is sharing this information with local communities ahead of formal consultation later in the year.
A consultation exercise, held in 2020 was visited by over 1,100 local people and feedback gathered has fed into the project’s decision making process. The feedback, together with information from environmental studies, technical and statutory consultees, has contributed to the latest designs.
Awel y Môr and RWE Project Manager, Tamsyn Rowe said, “I would like to thank each and every one who took the time to view our proposals and take part in the consultation. We were pleased with the passion and enthusiasm for this project’s potential to deliver sustainable jobs locally and meet Wales’s green energy goals. The feedback also helped us reach a decision on site selection for the offshore and onshore cable corridors, the landfall and the onshore substation.”
The majority of participants were supportive of the proposals and 89% stated that they felt the project was important or very important in meeting Wales green energy goals. A large amount of valuable information was provided overall. Over the coming months, the team will continue to work with landowners and carry out environmental surveys to help further develop the transmission route.
Further consultation on the project is planned for later this year when the Awel y Môr team will consult on a Preliminary Environmental Information Report. This will include further detail on the transmission cable corridor and project substation. The team expects to submit its application to the Planning Inspectorate in 2022.