WORK has begun on a multi-million-pound complex for workers at Europe’s biggest offshore wind farm.
The £3million complex at the Port of Mostyn will house more than 100 long-term staff, providing engineering, technical, management and administrative services throughout the 25-year operational lifetime of the Gwynt y Mor offshore site.
Cheshire-based Pochin Construction has been awarded a contract to design and build the new facilities, which are scheduled to be completed at the end of this year.
The project will coincide with the end of the construction of the 160-turbine wind farm, which will be capable of generating 576 MW of electricity from wind energy.
It will generate enough electricity to power about 400,000 homes – or around one third of the total number of households in Wales.
It follows the completion in February of a 10-berth pontoon at the Port of Mostyn.
Announcing the contract and start of construction works, RWE Innogy UK project manager Stuart Quinton-Tulloch, said: “This is an important step in establishing North Wales as the long-term home of Gwynt y Mor.
“More than 100 staff and apprentices will be based here over the 25-year lifetime of the project, with the new building providing office space, marine co-ordination and control room functions along with welfare and warehousing.
“Alongside our new 10-berth pontoon carrying increasing numbers of wind farm technicians to and from the offshore site, this new development will further enhance the bespoke facilities we have established locally to support this prestigious offshore wind farm.”
Pochim contracts manager Chris Whittaker said: “We’re proud to be involved with a project that not only promotes environmentally sustainable practice, but also brings sustainable investment, employment and further benefits throughout the community.”
The construction of Gwynt y Mor to date has enabled the injection of over £350million into the UK supply chain.
Consent for the development was granted by the Welsh Government last March.
North Wales communities have been consulted on how to most usefully invest over £19million in community funding over the wind farm’s working lifetime, in addition to a £690,000 tourism fund.