This week in the Welsh Parliament, politicians from across Wales got to see the vast potential of the Celtic Sea’s floating offshore wind (FLOW) in an exhibition hosted by Floventis Energy, The Darwin Centre and local Pembrokeshire school children.
Floventis Energy is a joint venture renewable energy company, formed by Cierco and SBM Offshore, which has plans to deploy next-generation wind turbine technologies in the Celtic Sea.
During their exhibition in the Welsh Parliament, Floventis Energy was given the opportunity to highlight the value that FLOW technology will bring to West Wales’ local economy through direct investment in renewable green technologies.
The exhibition, which also featured diagram artwork from local Pembrokeshire school children, showcased Floventis Energy’s FLOW proposals for the Celtic Sea, including Llŷr 1 and Llŷr 2.
Combined, these two project sites will generate upwards of 200MW of clean and green energy, 31km off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
In addition to this, Floventis Energy and the Darwin Centre also exhibited the ways in which they were working with local Pembrokeshire schools to promote STEM subjects.
Local Senedd Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies MS, who sponsored the exhibition said:
“It was a pleasure to work with Floventis and the Darwin Centre and sponsor their event at the Senedd on engaging and enthusing young people in STEM subjects.
“The Darwin Centre has delivered field trips and workshops to schools right across Pembrokeshire for many years – and it was great to see some of that work on display at the Senedd.
“The renewable energy and green skills sectors are growing quickly and it’s vital that young people in Pembrokeshire sees these industries as valuable career options.
“With the recent announcement of a Celtic freeport in Pembrokeshire, there will be plenty of job opportunities in Pembrokeshire, particularly in relation to floating offshore wind.
“Therefore, it’s important that young people are equipped with the skills they need to compete for those work opportunities in the future.”
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire’s Senedd Member, Samuel Kurtz, added:
“It’s incredibly exciting to see first-hand Floventis Energy’s proposals for the Celtic Sea. We have an abundance of untapped potential just off our coastline, so it’s really encouraging to see yet another renewable energy company tap into this capacity.
“The war in Ukraine has shone an important spotlight on the need for UK energy security, it’s through projects such as the one Floventis is proposing, that this ambition can be secured for the betterment of our national security.
“And with the employment opportunities that this project brings, it’s important that we get the skills taught so our local economy can capitalise on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”