Tidal Lagoon Power has appointed Mike Unsworth as the new delivery director for the £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon power project.
Mr Unsworth, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, will join the project in August and oversee the construction and commissioning activities of the project’s contractors.
He will work alongside Tidal Lagoon Power’s director of engineering and construction Andrew McNaughton on the procurement process for what will be the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant.
The appointment of Mr Unsworth comes a month after energy secretary Amber Rudd gave the green light to the new project that is set to provide low-carbon electricity to more than 150,000 homes.
A number of contractors have already been appointed on the project, with the China Harbour Engineering Company named as the preferred bidder for the £300m marine works.
Reacting to his appointment, Mike 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.”
Mr Unsworth joins from Eneco Wind UK Ltd where he was a project director for the company’s £3bn Navitus Bay project.
He has experience of working on a number of other major infrastructure projects including the €2bn Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm and he is also chair of Renewable UK’s offshore wind delivery group.
Commenting on the appointment, Tidal Lagoon Power Director of Engineering & Construction Andrew McNaughton: “In joining us, 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.”