UK-based RWE Innogy announced the construction of a new long term operations and maintenance (O&M) facilities for Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm has been started.
The contract, valued at more than £3m (€3.6m) to design and construct the facilities, was awarded to Pochin Construction. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
The complex at the Port of Mostyn, North Wales, will house more than 100 long term staff to provide engineering, technician, management and administrative services during the operational lifetime of the wind farm.
The Gwynt y Môr wind farm will consist of 160 turbines that will be capable of generating 576MW of electricity, which is sufficient to power approximately 400,000 homes.
RWE Innogy project manager Stuart Quinton-Tulloch said this is an important step in establishing North Wales as the long-term home of Gwynt y Môr.
Quinton-Tulloch said, "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 ten-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."
Pochin Construction 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.
"Having a positive impact on the local area and local economy is a priority on all of our projects and evident in our work across Wales. To date, we have placed 38% of the contract value with Welsh companies, and will target local labour wherever possible."
The construction of Gwynt y Môr has provided an injection of more than £350m into the UK's supply chain.
Image: Stuart Quinton-Tulloch and Chris Whittaker at Port of Mostyn. Photo: courtesy of RWE Innogy.