A £23.5m contract to build onshore infrastructure for Anglesey Marine Energy Project, Morlais, has been awarded to Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.
Together with cabling to connect the scheme to the National Grid, Jones Bros will be responsible for the construction of the landfall substation on Holy Island.
Led by social enterprise Menter Mon, work on the project is planned to begin this spring with potential generating capacity for Morlais at 240 MW enough to power approximately 180,000 households.
Eryl Roberts, Jones Bros contracts director said: “It is remarkable to have been appointed to deliver the infrastructure for an innovative renewable scheme such as Morlais, which is right on our doorstep in North Wales. We are extremely enthusiastic about making an impact through renewables and our team has a strong track record in projects of this nature, and to bring these skills to Anglesey is something we welcome”.
Confirmation of £31m European Regional Development funding through the Welsh Government for the first phase of construction work has also been announced.
Gerallt Llywelyn Jones, Morlais director said: “This contract is just the beginning it is however, an important milestone to ensure we can build local supply chains and create job opportunities here in Anglesey. It is however, not only about economy, action to tackle climate change is imperative with generating clean electricity also becoming more important.