Welsh and UK Governments should give ‘pioneering’ Minesto project more support

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After another visit to see the developments taking place regarding Minesto UK’s unique marine energy technology ‘Deep Green’, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has called for Welsh and UK Governments to pull out all the stops in supporting the company as they seek to make important progress over the next few years.

Minesto’s project at Holyhead Deep, six kilometres off the coast of Holyhead, is the first low-velocity tidal energy project in the world, and the company has established its UK headquarters in the Anglesey town, showing its commitment in developing and commercialising their innovative technology in the area.

In May 2015, Minesto was awarded a €13m grant from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), part of the Welsh Government, for the commercial rollout of Deep Green.

Following his recent visit to see the progress of Minesto’s plans, meeting with Minesto Chief Operating Officer David Collier and Business Development Manager Osian Roberts, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has called for UK Government too to step up and support the project to see it reach its full potential.

Mr ap Iorwerth said:

“This is technology that we should be really proud is being developed here on Anglesey – Minesto’s work in this area is pioneering and it is very, very exciting to think of the potential of this project in producing clean, green energy off the coast of Anglesey.

“I’m grateful to Welsh Government who, through WEFO, have supported this project enthusiastically so far, but now it is time – especially in light of recent announcements regarding jobs and energy production on the island – for Welsh and UK Governments to step up and show it is serious about supporting this innovative and impressive project to reach its full potential.”

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