The 500-MW-plus Awel y Mor offshore wind project proposed by Germany’s RWE AG (ETR:RWE) off the Welsh coast has been granted marine licenses, thus completing the last step in the permitting process.
The licenses awarded recently by Natural Resources Wales follow the issue of a development consent order from the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero in September.
RWE is developing Awel y Mor in a joint venture with Stadtwerke München, which has a 30% stake, and Siemens Financial Services with 10%. The partners’ proposal envisages the installation of an up to 50-turbine park off the north Wales Coast, west of the already operational Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm of 576 MW.
Awel y Mor’s completion is planned to take place before the end of the decade. Once in operation, the wind farm will generate electricity for 500,000 homes.
RWE is the operator of all existing offshore wind farms in north Wales. In the UK, the German group is currently building the 1.4-GW Sofia offshore wind park, which is anticipated to go live by the end of 2026.