Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Consultation launched for EnBW and bp Mona offshore wind farm
Ambitious plans to expand clean energy generation in the Irish Sea have been unveiled and local people are being asked to influence the plans.
The offshore wind farm, called Mona, is being developed by EnBW and bp. Mona forms one half of a pair of wind farms - the other has been named Morgan – that together are expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 3.4 million UK households. Consultation on Morgan is scheduled to take place later this year.
The wind farms will be located approximately 20km - 30km from the coast and will play an important role in helping the UK meet its target of 50GW of energy generated by offshore wind by 2030.
A consultation has been launched asking for feedback from the public and other stakeholders on early plans that will help inform and improve the Mona project’s final design. Comments will help locate onshore infrastructure, inform construction plans and identify opportunities for the project to support jobs, skills and other community benefits.
bp Project Director, Richard Haydock said:
“Morgan and Mona mark bp’s entry into one of the world’s busiest offshore wind markets and I’m absolutely committed to making sure we deliver both projects in a way that works for people that live and work in the areas where theyare located.
Securing sources of low carbon, home grown energy is vitally important, of course, but our projects are also about us investing in the people, businesses, and communities across North Wales and north west England.
Although the project is at an early stage, this is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about our plans and help shape our early thinking.”
EnBW project director, Céline Combé said:
“The Mona and Morgan projects in the Irish Sea are among the largest developments for EnBW, and we are proud to further contribute significantly to a sustainable energy future with our activities in the UK.
Based on our long experience in the offshore wind market, we understand the complexities of the development process and importance of early stakeholder engagement and good dialogue. We are encouraging the local communities to get to know us and look forward to working together in making the projects become a reality.”
The consultation is running for eight weeks, from 7 June to 3August 2022, with public exhibitions taking place across North Wales.Those wishing to take part in the consultation, find details of upcoming events and how to submit feedback, are encouraged to visit the project’s website to learn more.
This is the first of two planned consultations on Mona and many details are still to be finalised, such as the size and number of turbines, the offshore and onshore infrastructure, and the cable landfall location. Feedback to the first consultation will help inform the focus of the second consultation.
Notes to editors
bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050, or sooner, and help the world get to net zero, and recently announced its strategy for delivering on that ambition.
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and supplies electricity, gas, water and energy solutions and energy industry services to around 5.5 million customers with a workforce of more than 23,000 employees. We aim to strengthen our position as a sustainable and innovative infrastructure partner for customers, citizens and local authorities to an even greater extent. The repositioning of the company with a focus on renewable energies and smart infrastructure solutions is a key component of our strategy. Half of the EnBW generation portfolio will be comprised of renewable energies by 2025.
bp press office, London: email@example.com
EnBW press contact, Miriam Teige: firstname.lastname@example.org