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Project Update: July 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 www.enllitidal.com 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

  • Work on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Enlli tidal project has been progressing. So far it has focused on producing an evidence plan to identify the information and data needed to carry out the EIA. The plan will identify how this evidence can be obtained, including whether it already exists, or if surveys need to be carried out. We will share progress on the evidence plan in future monthly updates.

  • Two days of marine bird and mammal surveys in Bardsey Sound were completed in July. 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.

  • In July, Kate and John met with Mabon ap Gwynfor, Member of Senedd for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, in Aberdaron to discuss the Enlli tidal project. We were joined by members of the Bardsey Island Trust, YnNi Llŷn and the electricity network operator Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN). Mabon was very supportive of our plans to generate clean, green energy from the power of the tides, and our efforts working with partners such as the Bardsey Island Trust and YnNi Llŷn to provide local community benefits.

  • The feasibility study to explore the potential to take some of the power generated by our turbines to Ynys Enlli is ongoing and will be completed in August. We would only bring tidal energy to the island if it were something that the island residents and the Bardsey Island Trust want to see happen.

Key YnNi Llŷn progress

  • Wil from YnNi Llŷn joined Kate and John at Aberdaron in July to meet with Mabon ap Gwynfor (see photo above).

  • 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 August

  • In August (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.

  • Work on the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project will also continue, including planning further site survey and stakeholder engagement work.

  • Nova and YnNi Llŷn are keen to speak to anyone who has an interest in the project. Please contact Nova on 0131 241 2000 info@novainnovation.com or YnNi Llŷn on 07500 894331 wil@ynnillyn.cymru.