Welsh floating wind farm given green light

Project Erebus, a floating wind farm located 40km off the Pembrokeshire coast has been granted planning consent by Welsh Ministers.

The project will include seven 14MW turbines, and forms a part of the first phase of a renewable energy development in the Celtic Sea which is set to generate 4GW and is poised to play a key role in net-zero, the Climate Change Committee 100GW+ offshore wind target, and help deliver the UK Energy Security Strategy.

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, said: “The Erebus project has the potential to show the world that Wales and the Celtic Sea can deliver renewable energy alongside the sustainable management of our marine resources. In determining the marine license and the planning consents, the Welsh Government and our partners in Natural Resources Wales have enabled this project to move forward to apply for subsidy support from the UK Government.

“I urge the UK Government to do its part through the Contracts for Difference process to drive the industry forward by working with the Erebus team to secure the first floating offshore wind project in Welsh waters, bringing jobs and green energy to our communities.”

Erebus, named after the famous ship built in 1826 in Pembroke Dock is due to be commissioned in 2026 and marks the start of Blue Gem Wind’s stepping stone approach to floating wind development in the Celtic Sea.

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