Dr Edward Thomas Jones, Lecturer in Economics at Bangor Business School, Bangor University


The war in Ukraine strengthens the call for North Wales economy to shift away from fossil fuels In April 2020 Covid-19 sent oil futures into negative territory as demand dried up.  This meant that oil producers were paying buyers to take the oil off their hands over fears that storage capacity would run out.  Within […]

Anglesey tidal energy project delivering for local economy


A north Wales company has secured the main contract worth £23.5 million to build onshore infrastructure for Anglesey marine energy project, Morlais. Social enterprise Menter Môn, who runs the scheme, has announced that Jones Bros Civil Engineering have secured the contract and work will begin this spring. The announcement comes at the same time as […]

Notice of activity within the Morlais Demonstration Zone


Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) deployments in the Morlais Demonstration Zone (MDZ) Nova Innovation, one of the Morlais technology developers, successfully deployed 2 ADCPs in the MDZ over the weekend of 18th December 2021. They are located at the following coordinates: 53⁰ 18.015 N 004⁰ 42.639 W 53⁰ 17.886 N 004⁰ 42.420 W   The […]

Further progress for Morlais as marine licence granted


Today, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) confirmed that it will grant the necessary marine licence to develop tidal energy scheme, Morlais off the west coast of Anglesey. This is another major step forward for the project and it means that developers of tidal stream technology can deploy their devices in the sea to generate electricity. Morlais […]

Tidal energy project gets government go-ahead


Welsh Government has given its consent to develop Anglesey tidal stream energy project, Morlais. This is the first part of the consenting process, which means construction can now begin on land in preparation for work offshore. Morlais is run by Anglesey-based social enterprise, Menter Môn. The development will be located off the north west coast […]

Geotechnical work


Latest information for local residents Geotechnical work along the South Stack and Porth Dafarch roads will start on 6th December 2021, as part of the pre-construction phase of the Morlais project. There will be rolling traffic management on both approaches to the site and the work is expected to last around three weeks. Further geotechnical […]

Initial site exploration work begins


Contractors have been working alongside Menter Môn over recent weeks on initial site exploration work in preparation for its tidal stream energy development. The current activity near the proposed Morlais site is a key part of the pre-construction phase, as the scheme awaits final consent from Welsh Government. Having recently received initial indication from Julie […]

Morlais – a step closer


Menter Môn has received a letter from Julie James, Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change, indicating that she is ‘minded’ to grant the scheme permission subject to satisfying certain planning conditions. In response to the letter John Idris Jones, Director with Morlais, said: “We welcome the positive response from the Minister to our Transport and […]

Developer Profile – Verdant


About Verdant Verdant Power is a leader in the global marine renewable energy industry, developing systems that deliver clean power from tidal and river currents.  Through its initiatives worldwide, the company has developed industry-leading capabilities as a technology provider, developer, owner, and operator. Established in 2000, the company is based in New York with subsidiaries […]

Developer Profile – Inyanga


Inyanga Consortium Inyanga is the lead partner in a consortium of developers who have come together to work with Morlais. Based in Falmouth the company was set up in 2018 and since then has been involved in almost every marine renewable device installation in the UK, including Minesto, off the north coast of Anglesey.   […]