New pontoon commissioned at the Port of Mostyn for Gwynt-y-Mor

 February 2014

 RWE Pontoon Offshore Wind Gwynt-y-mor

A NEW £multi-million pontoon has become fully operationally at the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm base at the Port of Mostyn in North Wales.
The 10-berth pontoon will greatly improve the offshore transfer of wind turbine engineers and technicians throughout the construction and operational lifetime of the wind farm. Approximately 110 new long term skilled jobs are being created to staff the Gwynt y Môr base at Mostyn which is gradually becoming operational ahead of the wind farm’s completion later this year.
RWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds, said: “Completing the pontoon has been an important step forward in the development of both the construction and operations facilities for Gwynt y Môr at the Port of Mostyn.
“We are delighted that the facility is up and running and is already delivering the anticipated improvements we expected to the efficiency of offshore works.
“Transfer times to Gwynt y Môr have reduced, allowing technicians and engineers more time to work on the turbines. In addition, the new pontoon is less tidally restricted, so access to and from the port is greatly enhanced.
“The new pontoon will play a vital role throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.”
The 10-berth pontoon was commissioned with power, water and re-fuelling locations built in. UK based civil engineering company, BAM Nuttall won the contract for its design and construction, with approximately 15 BAM Nuttall employees overseeing the build. Consent for the pontoon was granted by the Welsh Government last March and construction took place throughout the summer months.
Paul O’Toole from BAM Nuttall said: “We were delighted to win this prestigious contract.
“The project at Mostyn demonstrates the commitment that BAM Nuttall has towards supporting construction in the renewable energy market.”