Offshore wind suppliers invited to meet the buyer

Businesses interested in bidding for work in the floating offshore wind industry are invited to register to meet the buyer at a free online supply chain event hosted by Business Wales, Sell2Wales and Floventis Energy, a joint venture between Cierco and SBM Offshore, on Friday, June 30.

Floventis was awarded the lease for the Llŷr developments (known as Llŷr 1 and Llŷr 2) in the Celtic Sea by the Crown Estate in July 2021 subject to a Habitats Regulation Assessment. Representing half of the current opportunity in the Celtic Sea, this allows Floventis, as the developer, to progress with environmental assessments and surveys, secure access to the grid and seek planning consent through the statutory processes.

With a construction value in excess of £800 million, Llŷr 1 and Llŷr 2 are test and demonstration projects that represent a crucial steppingstone for the supply chain in advance of the Celtic Sea leasing round. Registration for the first supply chain event is now open here.

Alex Gauntt, Supply Chain Director, Floventis, said: “With a team in Pembroke, we are committed to working with regional and local stakeholders to maximise the opportunity for ports and local businesses to support a sustainable economy.

“This is the first in a series of supplier engagement events that will introduce interested parties to the project and help us to further engage with potential supply chain partners across Wales. 

“We will outline the timescales and procurement process for supply chain opportunities relating to construction, operations and maintenance over the next 25-year period. The event represents the first real opportunity to hear about projects that have been awarded an agreement for lease and are now progressing through the Pre-FEED process. Llŷr is here and now so it’s a great opportunity to find out more.”

Located 31km off the coast of Pembrokeshire, the Llŷr developments will showcase the next generation in clean renewable offshore renewable energy technology ahead of industrialisation. They will power in the region of 200,000 homes with 200MW of clean, green energy once operational by 2027. With an operational life of 25 years, each of the Llŷr projects will consist of six to eight turbines, all of which will be greater than 12MW.

Benthic and geophysical surveys have now been completed in readiness for the submission of a full Environmental Impact Assessment.