NWTE launched at Porth Eirias

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection Co Ltd (NWTE) held its official launch at Porth Eirias on Friday, 31 October.

The launch was well attended by over 75 representatives from local Government, Welsh Government, five Universities, Natural Resources Wales, Environmental Consultants, Contractors, Lawyers, Businesses and Charities.

Among those representing the Welsh Government Local Assembly Member, Janet Finch-Saunders, who said:

It’s vitally important as we move towards fulfilling our obligation to the climate change programme that we look at all kinds of technology and the technology that’s been really well spoken about here today and described – it’s a positive move forward.

Establishing the Company as a locally-led entity was emphasised at the launch, and Janet Finch-Saunders AM added:

It’s actually quite refreshing that this is a North Wales project. This is a board of directors which are committed to taking the community with them and not working against them.

During the launch, attendees were introduced to the Board of Directors which will take the Company forward. Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM said:

It’s obvious there is a wide range of experiences and specialism within the board, and also a depth in knowledge and experience of dealing with large projects. The Welsh connections are strong and I think this is a good indication to ensuring that as much of the investment as possible stays within the local economy.

With similar projects planned for South Wales, Professor Roger Falconer of Cardiff School of Engineering said:

Wales has a huge opportunity to produce a large chunk of its base power from tidal renewable energy both in South Wales and in North Wales and I can’t think of another county in the world that has such an opportunity.