April 2014

Construction of new long term home for world’s 2nd largest offshore wind

farm begins at Port of Mostyn.

  • Pochin Construction Ltd wins £3million design & build contract
  • Over 100 staff based at new build at the Port of Mostyn
  • Base confirms North Wales as home to Gwynt y Môr

WORK has started to build the new long term operations and maintenance

facilities for RWE Innogy UK’s flagship Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

The £multi-million complex at the Port of Mostyn, North Wales, will house more

than 100 long term staff providing engineering, technician, management and

administrative services throughout the operational lifetime of the wind farm.

Cheshire based Pochin Construction Ltd has been awarded a contract worth

more than £3 million to design and build the new facilities, which are scheduled to

be completed at the end of this year.

This will coincide with the end of the construction of the 160 turbine wind farm

which will be capable of generating 576 MW of electricity from wind energy,

enough to power approximately 400,000 homes1 - or around one third of the total

number of households in Wales2.

Announcing the contract and start of construction works, RWE Innogy UK project

manager, Stuart Quinton-Tulloch, said: “This is an important step in establishing

North Wales as the long term home of Gwynt y Môr.

“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 10-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.”

Chris Whittaker, contracts manager at Pochin Construction Ltd, 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

per cent of the contract value with Welsh companies, and will target local labour

wherever possible.