Monday, September 26, 2022
Community invited to comment on possible substation locations for Mona Offshore Wind project
Potential substation locations have been unveiled for the Mona Offshore Wind project and communities near the locations – which are at Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire – are being invited to have their say.
The offshore wind farm is being developed EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and bp. It forms one half of a pair of windfarms - the other has been named Morgan –that together are expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 3.4 million UK households.
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.
Since conducting an introductory consultation on the project earlier this year, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and bp have completed further detailed assessments, site visits and surveys to create a short list of seven locations that could all be suitable for the construction of the new substation.
All seven locations are in the vicinity of the existing National Grid substation at Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire and the project is now launching a second, targeted consultation, designed specifically to ask for feedback on these potential locations.
The feedback, local knowledge and insight received during this consultation will be combined with ongoing environmental assessments and technical studies to help the project team narrow its focus. One or more preferred locations will then be the subject of further consultation in the coming months.
bp Project Director, Richard Haydock said:
“We would like to thank everybody who took the time to provide feedback as part of our initial consultation. This has led directly to us being able to develop the project further and identify these seven possible locations for the substation we will need to build as part of the Mona Offshore Wind project.
Our priority is to choose a location for our substation as sensitively as possible and gathering local knowledge will be vital in helping us to narrow down our locations further.”
EnBW project director, Céline Combé said:
“Once built, our new substation will connect into the existing National Grid substation at Bodelwyddan, so that the renewable power we will be generating can be fed into the electricity transmission network.
We are committed to engaging with the community at every stage of the project and I would like to encourage local people to find out more about these proposed substation locations and give us their views.”
The consultation is runningfrom Monday 26 September to Monday 7 November with two public exhibitions taking place at Bodelwyddan Village Hall on Friday 14 October (from 3pm to 7pm) and Saturday 15 October (from 10am to 1pm). A webinar will also take place on Wednesday 12 October (from 6.30pm to 8pm).
Anybody wishing to take part in the consultation or to register for the webinar is encouraged to visit the project’s website – www.morganandmona.com. Further information is available by calling free on 0800 860 6263 or by emailing the project on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 26,000 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