Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy continue to make waves in the Celtic Sea with team expansion

21st June 2022

With plans for the Llywelyn and Petroc floating offshore wind farms progressing at pace, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy are pleased to further demonstrate their commitment to the region with the appointment of well-respected and experienced project manager Gwenllian Elias to continue leading their charge in the Celtic Sea.

Based in Cardiff, with long-standing experience in consenting, stakeholder management and renewable energy, Gwenllian will oversee activities in Wales and the West of England for Llywelyn and Petroc.

Located in Welsh and English waters, each with a 300MW target installed capacity, Llywelyn (llywelynwind.co.uk) and Petroc (petrocwind.co.uk) will make a significant contribution to helping the UK achieve its 5GW target for floating offshore wind by 2030.

Commenting on her appointment, Gwenllian Elias, Project Manager Celtic Sea, said:

“Having worked across Wales and the West for almost two decades, with a long track record in renewables, I am relishing the opportunity to join Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy at this exciting time as they advance their plans for the Celtic Sea.

It is extremely stimulating to be involved with the floating offshore wind sector in its infancy, with companies of such a high calibre as Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, especially with their global success to date and the significant impact they can have on local supply chains and skills and training.”

Richard Dibley, Managing Director of Falck Renewables Wind Ltd., said:

“I am thrilled to welcome Gwenllian into our team. We are committed to investing in Wales and the West of England ahead of permits and leases being awarded by the Crown Estate and this appointment further demonstrates our commitment to the region, an area we have been active in since 2005.

As stepping stone projects, we believe that Llywelyn and Petroc can help the UK government achieve its early ambitions for floating offshore wind in addition to making Wales and the West a greener and energy independent region.”

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy, said:

“Gwenllian’s strong track record in the region fully reflects our strategy of stakeholder, industrial and community engagement with locally based expertise. We are thrilled that Gwenllian is joining us at a time when we continue to demonstrate our commitment to Wales and the West of England.

“BlueFloat Energy strives to bring our global expertise to help kick start the industry in the Celtic Sea to enable the delivery of Llywelyn and Petroc floating offshore wind farms by 2027-2028.”

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Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy looking at early delivery in Celtic Sea

5th January 2022

With grid connections secured and almost a year’s worth of bird surveys already completed, plans for Falck Renewables’ and BlueFloat Energy’s Llywelyn and Petroc floating offshore wind farms are advancing at a pace.   

Located respectively in Welsh and English waters off the coasts of Pembrokeshire and Devon, and with a 300MW target installed capacity for each, Llywelyn (llywelynwind.co.uk) and Petroc (petrocwind.co.uk) will make a significant contribution to meeting the 1GW target for floating offshore wind in the UK by 2030.

These sites have been selected following an extensive assessment process which included the review of protected areas, environmental impact, cable routing, existing infrastructure, marine traffic, and fishing activity.

Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy are also actively engaged with the supply chain in Wales and the South West, and are planning on developing a local manufacturing base for offshore wind. Based on Falck and BlueFloat’s extensive knowledge of floating wind, the partnership will select technologies that can maximise existing regional infrastructure while optimising new investments.

With connection agreements signed with National Grid in August and September 2021, the partnership believes that a swift development of these 300MW projects will play a major role in the development of a floating wind industry in the Celtic Sea, and will be instrumental as a stepping stone for larger developments by the end of the decade to help meet the 2035 4GW target announced by The Crown Estate in November 2021.

Richard Dibley, Managing Director of Falck Renewables Wind Ltd., said:

“Falck Renewables is extremely pleased with the progress made over the past year with our Celtic Sea floating offshore wind projects. Through Llywelyn and Petroc, we will be engaging with the local supply chain, small businesses and the communities to ensure that we can involve them in a way that we have become known for in the UK for the last 20 years.

Should Llywelyn and Petroc be consented, Wales and the South West will witness the birth of a new industry, where local businesses and communities will be the first to benefit. We have undertaken considerable outreach work with local port authorities and discussed the technical requirements for improving port infrastructure to help fulfil the specific requirements of the floating wind industry as we strive to maximise local content for Wales and the South West.

As these projects will quickly enter the planning system, they will also make an important contribution to the UK’s net zero targets.”

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy, said:

“As our joint venture has already undertaken considerable work including bird surveys, securing grid connections and other feasibility studies, we believe that our 300MW Llywelyn and Petroc projects can be delivered by 2027-2028 whilst at the same time allowing the regional supply chain to ramp up to help achieve the 1GW target.

These stepping stone projects could deliver 60% of the UK’s 2030 target, and there is no reason why Llywelyn and Petroc could not be subsequently extended to provide capacity beyond 2030.

Ultimately, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy believe that by continuing our working relationship with The Crown Estate and the local development community, we can deliver between 1 and 2GW of the 4GW 2035 target, ensuring that the Celtic Sea becomes one of the key European offshore wind zones.”

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