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Floating wind – action is needed now, says Celtic Freeport

[ March 16, 2023   //   ]

The Celtic Freeport bid consortium says that immediate action will be needed to fulfil the Floating Wind Offshore Wind Taskforce’s call for ports to be turned into hubs for the new technology.

A new report by the Taskforce calls for up to 11 ports around the UK – including two in Wales – to be transformed into new industrial hubs.

The report contains a series of recommendations which could see 34GW of floating wind installed in UK waters by 2040, if the Government takes swift and decisive action. At present, the UK has a target of 5GW by 2030.

Chair of the Celtic Freeport bid consortium, Roger Maggs said: “The Floating Wind Offshore Wind Taskforce’s conclusions are clear.  If the UK wants to maximise the floating offshore wind revolution, we cannot be passive, and must move immediately. 

“The UK and Welsh governments need to act decisively and back two upgraded green energy ports at Port Talbot and Milford Haven.

“The selection of the Celtic Freeport bid will send a crystal clear global market signal that Wales is ready to support this fast developing green ecosystem rich in manufacturing, operations and maintenance opportunities for future generations.”