UK Government Minister Visits North Wales Growth Deal Projects

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies met with the Morlais team recently as part of a wider visit to learn about North Wales Growth Deal projects. This was his first ministerial visit since the easing of Covid restrictions.

Morlais is one of the more advanced Growth Deal projects, and aims to create one of the leading tidal stream energy sites in the world. The scheme will be developed gradually over time to monitor and manage any impact on wildlife and habitats. It has the potential to scale up over time to a generating capacity of 240 MW of electricity, enough for up to 180,000 typical households.

Talking about his visit Mr Davies said: “The projects I have seen today further demonstrate the commitment the UK Government has to bringing greater investment and opportunities to communities throughout north Wales.

“2021 is going to be a significant year as we look to build back better and stronger from the Covid-19 pandemic. It is crucial that we continue to build our momentum across the entire City and Growth Deal Programme, creating and sustaining new jobs and revitalising local economies.”

Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, a director with Morlais added: “We were pleased to welcome the Minister to Anglesey and to get the opportunity to talk to him about Morlais. This is a project which can benefit local communities, the economy and climate by generating clean low carbon electricity.

“We are delighted to be one of the first Growth Deal projects and proud of the fact that Morlais is home grown, run locally by social enterprise, Menter Môn. It has the potential to create up to 100 jobs in the first 10 years with all surpluses generated, being re-invested back into local projects.”

The other projects included in the visit were the Glynllifon Rural Economy Hub and the Tourism Talent Network. The three projects visited by Mr Davies are part of a £1.1billion investment for north Wales, backed by £240m funding from the UK and Welsh Governments.