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RWE launches new Celtic Sea website and Welsh language virtual classroom for floating wind

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RWE has today unveiled an important new online platform which will sit at the heart of its ambitions for delivering floating wind in the Celtic Sea, off the coast of South Wales and South West England.

The website will become a core hub for project news, information and engagement for businesses, communities, stakeholders and anyone interested in learning more about the offshore technology and RWE’s ambitions for the Celtic Sea. The company is at the leading edge of floating wind around the world, and is well placed for maximizing the deployment of the technology in support of new jobs, skills and supply chain opportunities.

RWE is preparing to bid into The Crown Estate’s forthcoming Celtic Sea seabed leasing auction later this year, where up to 4GW of floating wind will be awarded and many more gigawatts are expected in the future. The company aims to have at least 1 gigawatt (GW) of floating wind technology either in construction or operation by 2030.

Designed initially as a first contact portal for the project and the experienced team behind it, the website will quickly develop into a major business opportunities hub supported by a unique supply chain engagement initiative which is due to be unveiled by RWE later this month. So look out for more news and information via the website.

Philippa Powell, RWE’s Celtic Sea Project Director, said: “We are proud of our Welsh heritage, and the fact that we are looking to bring this major new technology and the multi-billion pound opportunities it represents to Wales and the Celtic Sea region. Through our expertise, in-house innovation and external collaborations we have a unique capability for delivering floating wind in the region. Our new website will reflect how the project is developing, it will be a portal into the team, and will be key to unlocking future business opportunities for the region. Come and take a look, and keep a watch for all of our news and opportunities in the future.”

Learn about Floating Wind: Proud of its over 120 years’ Welsh history, RWE has created a Welsh language version of its popular Floating Wind Virtual Classroom, which is officially launched today in recognition of St David’s Day.

RWE is well on track to become a leader in floating wind, and has already gained significant experience through multiple high-profile floating demonstration projects around the world. The company is now using this expertise to help decision makers, stakeholders, communities and businesses around the world understand more about the technology through its Floating Wind Virtual Classroom.

Accessed through the new RWE Celtic Sea website as well as RWE’s own global web portal, a Welsh language version of the online classroom is now available. Beyond digging into how floating wind farms and technology works, RWE presents key facts on why and how floating wind can be used to help achieve global net zero emissions targets. The virtual classroom provides users with answers to key questions such as what is floating wind? And how do floating wind turbines float and stay in place?  Learn more about the technology and how it works from the Floating Wind Virtual Classroom.

Beyond the Celtic Sea, RWE’s ambition is to develop commercial-scale floating wind projects around the world. It has already secured a commercial-scale floating wind lease off the Californian coast and has been selected as a qualified bidder for two commercial floating wind projects off the French coast, it is also preparing with partners to participate in the Utsira Nord floating wind tender in Norway and is exploring floating wind in other European markets and the APAC region.

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Plans for new Pembrokeshire ‘staycation’ dog daycare kennel

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A RESUBMITTED scheme for a twice-refused south Pembrokeshire dog boarding and day care centre, later dismissed on appeal, has been lodged with county planners.

Michelle Surname Bramwell, of Little Langdon, near Kilgetty, has resubmitted re-sited plans for a commercial dog boarding and day care centre with upgrade to access, parking and ecological enhancements at Little Langdon following the previously-refused application and appeal.

Kilgetty-Begelly Community Council support the application but asked for conditions relating to the access and increase in traffic at times be considered.

A supporting statement by agent Hayston Developments & Planning Ltd said: “Two previous applications to establish such a facility have recently been refused by the council with the latter application having also been dismissed at appeal in October 2023.

“In dismissing the appeal, although the Inspector concluded that such a business in this location could be acceptable in principle, the Inspector expressed concerns over the scale, siting and visual impact of the proposed development and how possible outdoor noise disturbance from associated activities could be satisfactorily controlled, such as through mitigation measures.

“This further application seeks to fully address the concerns expressed by both the council and the appeal Inspector. Therefore, significant revisions have been made to the layout and design details of the proposed development.”

Key changes include re-siting the development away from the lane, changes to the appearance, a reduction in size, and planting and landscaping, said Hayston.

It added: “One of the key benefits of such a proposal, as fully acknowledged by the appeal Inspector, was that with the proximity of several local visitor attractions it would provide a useful service to their customers, amongst other clients.

“As part of the appeal application, it was contended that with staycation on the rise and the increase in pet ownership, boarding kennels and day care services are in demand.

“The proposal would allow tourists to visit, knowing their dogs can board within a reasonable distance of their holiday accommodation. It would allow tourists to visit nearby attractions which quite often have no-pets policies, such as Oakwood, Manor Wildlife Park, the Dinosaur Park, Heatherton and Folly Farm.

“Further, there is a B & B facility at Langdon Farm Guest House located a short distance to the south of the application property which has a no pet policy.

“In our view, the establishment of this boarding kennels and day care facility would only benefit the economy of the local area.”

Hayston said that support for the application had been received from local holiday businesses including Celtic Holiday Parks, Reynalton; Hill Park Caravans, Pentlepoir; Stone Pitt Holiday Park, Begelly; and Langdon Guest house nearby.

The application will be considered by county planners at a later date.

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Milford Waterfront major events partnership with Round Table

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FOLLOWING on from its successful partnership in 2023, Milford Waterfront is supporting Milford Haven Round Table as its Major Events Partner this year.

The partnership means that the group of local volunteers will be supported in their calendar of events throughout the year, which will enable them to raise funds for local good causes, as well as creating fantastic events for visitors and the local community to enjoy.

Upcoming events this year include:

  • The Big Beer Festival – Saturday 25th May
  • Milford Haven Carnival – Saturday 6th July
  • Fireworks Extravaganza Event – Tuesday 5th November

Speaking about the partnership, Natalie Hunt, Destination Manager at Milford Waterfront said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with the Milford Haven Round Table.

“The events they arrange for Milford Haven are always showstoppers that bring so much fun to the area. We are sure everyone will join us in our excitement to bring them back this year!”

Rob Allen, Chair of the Milford Haven Round Table added: “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Milford Waterfront for their unwavering support of Milford Haven Round Table. Their commitment to community involvement enriches our events and fosters stronger connections within Milford Haven.

“We eagerly anticipate collaborating with them on future endeavors to further enhance our community together.”

Former volunteers and family members of those involved in past years are especially welcomed. We look forward to seeing you.

See the website www.pdht.org also Facebook and X for further details.

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Civil Aviation Authority highlights importance of aerospace industry in Wales

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CUTTING-EDGE technology, aircraft maintenance advancements, and pioneering aircraft recycling initiatives were seen by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as part of its engagement in Wales this week.

The visit by the regulator’s Chair Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief Executive Rob Bishton, and the UK Civil Aviation Authority Board highlights the pivotal role Wales plays in shaping the future of air transport safety and sustainable operations.

GE Aerospace, British Airways Maintenance, Wales Air Ambulance, and ecube were all visited as part of the two-day engagement.

The visit coincided with a Civil Aviation Authority Board meeting held in Cardiff on Wednesday, and forms part of the regulator’s commitment to strengthening ties with its stakeholders across the UK’s aviation and aerospace industry.

Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“The UK’s aerospace industry is always evolving, and the industry in Wales plays an integral role in this evolution. As the regulator, it is vital that we keep pace with the rapidly changing technologies and needs of consumers in order to support our mission of protecting people and enabling aerospace.

“Our outreach work in Wales and across the UK is more important than ever, and we continue to engage with all stakeholders across the country to make aviation safer, greener, and better for passengers and the public, both home and abroad.”

Sir Stephen, Rob Bishton, and Board members toured the engine test facility at the GE Aerospace site, which has been maintaining and overhauling Boeing and Airbus aircraft engines for more than 80 years.

The Civil Aviation Authority delegation also saw how the British Airways outfitter British Airways Maintenance engineering team are overhauling and upgrading their airline’s 777 and 787 aircraft.

In addition, the Board saw the largest air ambulance operation in the UK, Wales Air Ambulance, and ecube, a global aircraft storage, disassembly, and recycling and upcycling company, visited as part of the Civil Aviation Authority’s commitment to a greener future in aviation.

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