Project Update: August 2022

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Although official restrictions have eased, we will continue to use our monthly project updates to share information on key progress on our Enlli tidal project. We hope to be able to have more face-to-face meetings in coming months. Please contact us on the details below if you have any questions or comments, or you would like to discuss anything with us.

  • You can also keep up to date on the latest news and progress on the Enlli tidal project and Nova’s other exciting tidal energy projects around the world by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. For the latest news from YnNi Llŷn, you can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

  • We now have a bilingual website for our Enlli tidal project. The Enlli website which can be viewed at provides key information on the project. We will be adding more information over the coming months. Along with the monthly updates, we will use the website as a way of keeping everyone updated on key project progress.

Key Nova Progress

  • In August Nova welcomed Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP, to our office in Leith. With rising energy prices impacting the UK, the Chancellor visited Nova to learn more about tidal energy and our world-leading tidal technology. As well as viewing our subsea turbines in operation at our Tidal Turbine Control Centre and seeing new turbines being built in our manufacturing facility, the Chancellor spoke to staff about their roles at the cutting edge of renewable engineering and the passion they have for making a positive difference.

  • Work on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Enlli tidal project in August has been focused on identifying and starting to gather the data, information and knowledge needed for this assessment. This has been collated into an Evidence Plan for the project, which will be kept under constant review and updated as work on the EIA continues.

  • Stakeholder engagement is an important part of the EIA process. This includes asking people about the evidence we plan to use in the EIA for the project. Some stakeholders will have relevant knowledge or data, while others will have views on the appropriate depth of evidence for different issues and topics in the EIA.

  • Two days of marine bird and mammal surveys in Bardsey Sound were completed in August. These surveys will continue until the autumn, after which we will have a full 12-months of survey data to assess the potential effects of the project on marine mammals and birds, as part of the EIA.

Key YnNi Llŷn progress

  • Wil is continuing to work with Ambition North Wales to explore opportunities for creating a Smart Local Energy System and supporting local decarbonisation and economic growth on the Llŷn.

Key activity planned for September

  • We plan to share information about our Evidence Plan in September and will be contacting stakeholders who might hold key data, information and knowledge.

  • In September (weather and vessel availability permitting) we will continue our boat-based bird and mammal surveys in Bardsey Sound as part of the environmental assessment for the Enlli tidal project.

  • We plan to carry out some site surveys in the Aberdaron area in September to gather data for assessing the impacts of the onshore cable route in the EIA.

  • Nova and YnNi Llŷn are keen to speak to anyone who has an interest in the project. Please contact Nova on 0131 241 2000 or YnNi Llŷn on 07500 894331