Port of Mostyn
One of Europe's most important ports for offshore renewable energy.
“The Port of Mostyn Ltd is located in the central Irish Sea where it has been a significant trading point between the U.K. and Ireland for over 400 years. With recent expansion and modernisation Mostyn has been developed to become one of Europe’s most important ports for the offshore renewable energy sector.”
Clients & Projects:
Airbus A380: Airbus Broughton is located some 15 miles upstream from Mostyn on the river Dee. This factory manufactures wings for the Airbus range of aircraft which are exported to the final assembly facility at Toulouse in France using specially adapted aircraft.
The wings for the largest Airbus aircraft however, the 850-seater A380 airliner, are exceptional sized loads, each being almost 50m metres long and 14 metres wide and weighing 96ts on their jig. They are too large and heavy for air transport and are therefore exported by sea.
To handle these shipments, a purpose-built low aircraft river craft and dedicated terminals and berths have been constructed at the Port and at Broughton. After discharge at Mostyn the wings are stored until they are loaded onto a sea-going Roll on–Roll off vessel. They are then taken to Bordeaux where they are transferred to a river craft for passage up the river Gironde and delivery to the final assembly factory at Toulouse.
Offshore Windfarms: Commencing in 2004 the first two major offshore windfarm construction projects in U.K. waters were undertaken using The Port of Mostyn. Since that time, seven Irish Sea offshore windfarm projects have been undertaken from the Port namely: Burbo Bank in the River Mersey, Robin Rigg, located 98 nautical miles distant in the Solway Firth, and Walney 1 and Walney 2 off the Lancashire coast.
Off the Welsh coast both the North Hoyle and Rhyl Flats projects were constructed from Mostyn. The seventh and largest project to be undertaken to date is the 160-turbine Gwynt-y-Mor windfarm located approximately 15 miles off the Welsh coast which is presently under construction.
In addition to being a windfarm construction port, Mostyn is also the Operations and Maintenance (O & M) Base for RWE Npower’s North Hoyle, Rhyl Flats and Gwynt-y-Mor windfarms for the duration of their 25 years operational lifespan.
Windfarm developers who have used Mostyn include RWE Npower and Dong Energy; the major contractors and turbine manufacturers such as Siemens Wind Power A/S and Vestas Wind Technology; and the major construction contractors Van Oord and MT Hojgaard A/S.