A MULTI-million pontoon has become fully operational at the Port of Mostyn.
The 10-berth pontoon is part of the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm's base at the port and is set to improve the offshore transfer of wind turbine engineers and technicians throughout its construction and operational lifetime.
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.
Toby Edmonds, ROWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr Project Director, 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 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 and consent for the pontoon was granted by the Welsh Government last March and construction took place throughout the summer months.
Gwynt y Môr is on schedule to become fully operational later this year and is expected to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes.