In the UK, RWE is partnering with Associated British Ports (ABP) and the port of Milford Haven to investigate potential upgrades to port facilities that would support a pipeline of floating wind projects off the Welsh coast.
Working together under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the companies will consider enhancements at ABP Port Talbot and Pembroke Dock, transforming them into hubs for the manufacture, assembly and load out of high-tech floating wind turbines and foundations bound for the Celtic Sea.
Tom Glover, UK country chair at RWE, said: “RWE is committed to working in partnership with Welsh government and industry as the country looks to meet all of its electricity needs from renewables by 2035. For ABP, Milford Haven and RWE, it is clear that there is vast economic potential from offshore wind in Wales; not just in providing a renewable and sustainable energy source, but also protecting and creating skilled jobs and careers and driving fresh investment in the region.
“This MoU solidifies our intention to focus on and invest in industrial Welsh ports, local and national supply chain and coastal communities.”
Henrik Pedersen, ceo of ABP, added: “This MoU with RWE marks an important step towards realising the potential of floating offshore wind for South Wales. ABP’s ports in Wales have always been a vital part of Wales’s industrial heartland, and Port Talbot is at the heart of the opportunity that the Celtic Sea offers to revolutionise the regional economy and bring the UK closer to net zero.”