Explosives thought to date from World War II have been discovered at a wind farm off the North Wales coast.
RWE Innogy UK, the developers of the Gwynt y MĂ´r wind farm in Liverpool Bay, are now preparing to remove the three unexploded bombs from the seabed more than eight miles off the coast at Pensarn.
An exclusion zone has been set up following the discovery of the ordnance by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which was surveying the seabed as part of an operation to lay cables at the wind farm on January 28.
A spokesman for RWE said: “RWE Innogy UK is preparing to remove three objects, identified as unexploded ordnance, from the seabed within the construction area of the Gwynt y MĂ´r Offshore Wind Farm.
“Construction activity is continuing elsewhere in the offshore site, with vessels complying with a 250 metre exclusion zone, which is currently in place in Liverpool Bay around the objects.
“RWE is already working with a number of contractors and consultants to identify the safest method of removal, and applications have already been submitted for the appropriate licences.
“It is not uncommon for unexploded ordnance to be found on the seabed and standard procedures are in place to deal with potential ‘UXO targets’, as they are often referred to.”
The company said it hoped to remove the objects in the next few weeks.
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