Today, I attended a parliamentary reception held by MHI Vestas where I signed a section of blade material that will be manufactured into a blade and installed into Liverpool Bay, and is serviced by its base in Mostyn.
Offshore wind energy has been a rapidly growing industry in North Wales, and Delyn has been able to directly benefit from its growth. Mostyn is the base for the engineers who are responsible for maintaining the wind turbines that are based offshore.
The wind farm provides apprenticeships for many young people in Delyn. Providing them with decent, well paid, jobs with a long term career.
The UK is the global leader in offshore wind power, with more offshore wind farms than any other country in the world and the potential for more is vast. Offshore wind is already supplying 4% of electricity demand and by 2025 could meet the electricity needs of half of all UK homes. By 2030 offshore wind can easily meet 35% of UK electricity demand. We are now building wind farms as large as gas power stations, some over 100km from the coast.
The power output of our windfarms is increasing year on year as the UK finds windier sites offshore and optimise the technology, at the same time the UK supply chain is growing and starting to export. The sector has already delivered £9.5bn of large infrastructure projects.
I was delighted to sign a section of blade material that will be manufactured into a blade and installed into the Liverpool Bay farm. I believe that the continued growth of the offshore wind industry is not only good for our environment, but is excellent for our local economy.
The Liverpool Bay project employs many people from Delyn. Giving people well-paid decent jobs that will last well into the future. I have long argued with the UK Government that we should continue to support this environmentally friendly energy resource.
I will continue to support this vital industry for North Wales and ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.