Offshore Wind

Wales – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 2022.

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Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

What steps the Government are taking to help develop floating offshore wind projects in Wales.

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Assistant Whip

The UK Government are committed to supporting the development of the floating offshore wind industry in Wales, with £160 million of funding available for floating offshore wind ports and factories across the UK. That funding will ensure that Wales capitalises on the huge opportunities that floating offshore wind in the Celtic sea presents.

Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

As chair of the all-party parliamentary group for the Celtic sea, may I ask my hon. Friend to detail what steps are being taken to progress floating offshore wind so that the supply-chain benefits are felt all the way around the Celtic sea’s shores, from Pembrokeshire across to North Devon and Cornwall?

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Assistant Whip

I commend my hon. Friend’s commitment to championing this opportunity through her role as chair of the Celtic sea APPG. Under this Conservative Government, with this Prime Minister, we will continue to see huge increases in the renewable energy that we produce and supply-chain benefits that will be felt across the UK.

Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Montgomeryshire

I hugely welcome offshore wind on the basis that it is not onshore. Will my hon. Friend meet me to ensure that we put more of this wonderful renewable energy offshore and stop industrialising the landscape of Montgomeryshire?

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Assistant Whip

It is always a pleasure to meet my hon. Friend. I assure him that this Conservative Government will continue to support floating offshore wind in a way that will have the support of the public.