Saturday, 6 November 2010

What would you do with a town like Amlwch?

I would develop a world renowned Oceanographic Research and Training Facility at Amlwch. It could be a partnership between say Bangor University and Coleg Menai and private firms like power or shipping companies, such as Eon or Smit. The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. It could even be a centre of excellence. I am sure there would be European Funding for such a project.

It would bring much needed jobs and income to the town i.e students would need digs, and pubs to drink alcohol and shops to buy even more alcohol.

So what would they study and research there, well that’ll be the ocean obviously, say research into new means of generating electricity, and of the top of my head, what about post graduate courses in

  • The effects of old copper workings on the ocean
  • The effects of first generation power stations on the ocean during decommissioning.
  • The effects of offshore wind farms on the oceans

As for the training, the wind farms will need maintaining so qualified workers will be required, and some trained divers to check the underwater structures - maybe the centre could have its own decompression unit.

And seeing how we are on an island why don’t we build more boats, why not train people to do that, to build and maintain boats. I have a feeling that some firms already on the island are crying out for qualified workers.

In addition, it could provide training for the leisure market; diving for example, seeing how there are plenty of sunken vessels within easy reach. .

It’s only a suggestion, make of it what you may, but I think it’s one of my better suggestions.

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