Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a 25 turbine wind farm approximately 8 km north east of Llandudno. It is Wales’ second offshore wind farm and the third offshore wind farm to be built within Liverpool Bay. It has a maximum rated output of 90MW. It is the second and currently the largest operating offshore wind farm in the RWE npower renewables energy portfolio.
Rhyl Flats was constructed throughout 2008 and 2009 and generated its first green energy on 15 July, 2009. It became fully operational in December 2009 and is currently the largest operating renewable energy scheme in Wales and one of the most powerful offshore wind farms in the UK.
As the global challenge to increase clean energy generation intensifies, Rhyl Flats makes an important contribution towards our parent company RWE Innogy’s goal to have 4.5GW of renewable capacity in construction or operation by 2012 and at least 10GW by 2020.
The wind farm is located on the eastern end of the Constable Bank between Abergele and Rhos-on-Sea, approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres) off the coast of North Wales. It comprises 25 wind turbines and has a maximum installed capacity of 90MW. Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm will provide enough clean, green electricity to satisfy the needs of approximately 61,000 homes every year.
The project was originally developed by a company called Celtic Offshore Wind Limited (COWL), which received full consent in 2002 to build and operate the scheme. RWE npower renewables purchased the Rhyl Flats project from COWL in December 2002 and delivered the project against a backdrop of extensive and tough consent conditions.
Rhyl Flats now sits off the North Wales coast alongside North Hoyle, the UK’s first large scale offshore wind farm, which was also constructed and operated by RWE npower renewables.