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New partnership to hold rights to Navitus Bay offshore wind project

The exclusive development rights for the proposed Navitus Bay Offshore Wind project, located off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, and to the west of the Isle of Wight, will now be held by a 50-50 joint venture partnership between Eneco and EDF Energy.

Eneco has chosen to partner with EDF Energy as both companies share a commitment to investing in the UK renewables market and the view that renewable projects of this nature are vital to obtaining a secure, affordable and sustainable future energy supply. In addition, EDF Energy has a strong track record of delivering nationally significant energy projects in the UK, which will complement Eneco’s expertise in developing renewables projects in both the Netherlands and the UK.

To date, Eneco has identified that an offshore wind project of between 900MW and 1200MW of capacity could be located in the northern part of the awarded area, a site which covers 76 square miles and is 8.2 miles away from Peveril Point, Swanage, and 10.2 miles away from the Bournemouth coastline. This would provide enough power to supply between 615,000 and 820,000 homes and will offset approximately 1,186,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Eneco and EDF Energy will now work together to continue the outlined programme of onshore and offshore consultation with the local community. This will last until the end of 2013 when a Development Consent Order (the wind farm’s planning application) will be submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

Chris Sherrington, Project Director for Navitus Bay, comments: “We welcome EDF Energy to the Navitus Bay project. They bring solid credentials in developing large renewable projects in the UK and their skills will complement those of the existing Eneco team. We now look forward to working together in consulting with key stakeholders and members of the public about the proposed development programme.”

The first steps for the newly formed partnership will be analysing feedback from the public exhibitions in February and March and identifying an onshore underground cable route to connect the wind park with the National Grid. The partnership will also work together on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which commences this Summer.

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