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Wind power chief given Swansea Bay delivery role

Offshore wind power chief Mike Unsworth has been given a key role on the creation of a tidal lagoon in South Wales.

Unsworth was appointed as delivery director for the Swansea Bay renewable energy scheme by project promoter Tidal Lagoon Power.

Currently Navitus Bay project director at Eneco Wind UK, he will start on the tidal lagoon project next month.

The £1bn, 240MW Swansea tidal lagoon project received planning consent from the Department for Energy and Climate Change in June.

Unsworth will support construction director Andrew McNaughton in bringing the power plant into service.

McNaughton said: “Mike strengthens our project management capability as we continue to prepare the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon for the start of work on site. His track record speaks for itself and I look forward to working closely with him.”

Unsworth said: “This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to help deliver a new and potentially transformational option in the UK’s energy portfolio. I am joining a first class team with an inspirational vision and a pilot project that has captured the world’s attention.”

Unsworth is also vice-chair of Renewable UK’s Offshore Wind Delivery Group.

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