AMEC has been appointed by the Isle of Anglesey County Council to provide multi-disciplinary and professional services support for the Energy Island Programme, which aims to put Anglesey at the forefront of low carbon energy development.
The value of the four-year contract has not been announced.
The Anglesey Energy Island™ Programme will capitalise on proposed investments in low carbon energy on the Island which are likely to include projects across the low carbon energy mix from Horizon’s proposed new nuclear build at Wylfa to marine renewables.
AMEC is the lead consultant in a consortium that will provide the Council with capacity and expertise in areas such as planning policy and development management, environmental impact assessment, consultation, Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) process and procedure as well as socio-economic regeneration aspects. The appointment recognises AMEC’s environmental, planning and engineering strengths in renewables and in the nuclear sector.
The proposed low carbon development brings with it potentially huge economic rewards. It is anticipated the programme could contribute nearly £2.5 billion to Anglesey and the North Wales economy over the next 15 years.
“We are very pleased to be working with Anglesey Council and the Energy Island Programme to help deliver this strategically important opportunity to Anglesey and the wider region,” explains Ian Cromie, director of AMEC’s planning and environmental appraisal group. “With the planned closure of many of the UK’s existing fossil and nuclear generation plants over the next 10 to 15 years, it is critical that we develop an appropriate mix of new energy facilities for Wales and the rest of the UK. Such projects are of national significance and involve complex planning and approval processes – which is an area where AMEC has considerable expertise.”
AMEC is currently supporting the development of a broad range of low carbon energy projects across the UK including marine renewables and new nuclear.