The First Minister of Wales inaugurated the substation connected to the Morlais tidal energy. This event signifies a significant milestone not only for the project but also for the sector.
Morlais is the largest approved tidal energy scheme in the UK. Managed by the Anglesey-based social enterprise Menter Môn, the site has been under development since then. With consent secured in 2021, with the first tidal energy devices expected to be deployed at sea in 2026.
Morlais is a groundbreaking project and a key part of our transition to a low carbon economy. It is an example of the type of development that will help Wales reach our net zero. It also underlines the importance of investing in clean energy infrastructure for our future generations.
Once operational, the Morlais site has the potential to generate up to 240MW of low carbon electricity. Morlais will facilitate developers of tidal energy devices with the necessary consent and infrastructure to supply electricity to the grid.
Five developers, including Minesto, HydroWing, QED Naval, Verdant Power, and Magallanes Renovables, have already agreed to connect within the scheme, with discussions underway with an additional five.
The future is blue
Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, a director with Morlais, expressed his excitement about the project’s progress, stating, “This is a huge day for us. We have faced many challenges along the way, but thanks to the determination of the team and support from partners and funders, we can now look forward to the next phase in the scheme’s development.”
In line with Menter Môn’s commitment to benefiting the north Wales economy, Ruthin-based Jones Bros Civil Engineering was responsible for constructing the substation. Additionally, they, along with other local companies, undertook the cabling work to connect the scheme to the national grid.
The European Regional Development Fund funded the project through the Welsh government, with support from the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and the North Wales Growth Deal.”