New contract for Anglesey firm to build tidal energy scheme

AN ANGLESEY construction firm has been awarded a £2million contract by Morlais’ main contractor, Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, to build the structures associated with the landfall substation for the Holy Island tidal energy scheme.

With the appointment of Llangefni-based OBR Construction, Morlais, a Menter Môn project, is delivering on its pledge to benefit communities, businesses, and the economy.

Securing benefits for the region has been an important driver of this project for Menter Môn since its inception more than seven years ago.

Andy Billcliff, chief executive at Morlais, said: “This is more good news for the local economy with Morlais providing further jobs and opportunities on Anglesey.

“The appointment of OBR to build the structures for the substation means we can continue to safeguard employment on the island as well as create new training opportunities for young people.

“It was crucial for us at Morlais to secure these contracts locally and we feel that we are delivering on that front.”

Rhys Parry Jones, managing director of OBR Construction, added: “We are delighted to be working with Morlais and Jones Bros to deliver this part of the project.

“We are looking forward to working with the team on this pioneering low carbon energy project.

“As a direct consequence of being awarded this contract, we have already taken on two new apprentices, and are looking forward to further developing and expanding our team in the region.”

Brendan Fieldhouse, contracts manager for Jones Bros, added: “We would like to congratulate OBR on the successful award of this contract to construct the main buildings and transformer compound at the landfall substation.

“OBR is a local company, with a proven track record of successfully delivering similar work across Anglesey, as well as UK-wide.

“We look forward to developing our relationship with OBR over the course of the project.”

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The Morlais project manages a 35 km² area of seabed off the coast of Holy Island, Anglesey and has the potential to put Ynys Môn on the map in terms of tidal stream energy.

It is the first project of this scale and type to be managed by social enterprise.

With onshore construction already underway, it is anticipated that work in the sea will begin in 2023 and that the first turbines will generate electricity in 2024.

Morlais is funded by the European Regional Development fund through the Welsh Government for the first phase of construction work. 

Isle of Anglesey County Council, North Wales Growth Deal, as well as The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, have also supported the project.

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey