UK: Achieving Government’s Consent Important Milestone for Race Bank Project

UK: Achieving Government's Consent Important Milestone for Race Bank Project

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, today announced that its proposed Race Bank offshore wind farm project has received consent from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The project, which is subject to final investment approval, could meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of over 450,000 homes.

Race Bank has been consented for a capacity of up to 580MW. The economics of the project remain dependent on the outcome of the Government’s Renewable Obligation banding review.

The wind farm is located off the Lincolnshire and north Norfolk coasts and, if developed, will be connected to the National Grid network at the existing Walpole substation. It is close to the 270MW Lincs wind farm development, which Centrica is constructing with its partners, DONG Energy and Siemens.

Mark Hanafin, Managing Director of Centrica Energy, said: “Achieving Government consent for Race Bank is an important milestone. We will now undertake a thorough appraisal of project costs with a view to making a final investment decision on Race Bank early in 2013.”

Regrettably, the Government has decided not to give consent to Centrica’s 540MW Docking Shoal offshore wind farm. This project has already incurred considerable costs and has been awaiting planning consent for more than three and half years. It is essential that the UK maintains an efficient planning process without undue constraints on development if stretching renewable energy targets are to be met.

Centrica, along with its partner, DONG Energy, retains a further 4.2GW of potential capacity in the Round 3 Irish Sea Zone.

Offshore WIND staff, July 6, 2012; Image: Centrica

Share this article

Follow Offshore Wind

Events>

<< Mar 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

2017 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF)

The IPF is the number one technical conference for offshore wind in the United States hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind…

read more >

Marine Energy Week

The third edition of southern Europe’s largest marine energy event will be held in Bilbao from 27 – 31 March, 2017. The event will attract leading agents, companies, researchers and decision-makers involved in the development of marine energy sources.

Since 2005, Bilbao has hosted a range of different international symposia on marine and offshore wind energy. Now, after almost a decade of development, these separate events have come together to form the Bilbao Marine Energy Week event – a week where the debate centres on the development and future of marine energy.

More info: bilbaomarinenergy.com

read more >

Belgian Offshore Days 2017

The knowledge present in Belgian companies is both at home and abroad of great value. The opportunities for further growth are a big boost…

read more >

14th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference

The upcoming Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference will happen in April 2017. Now in its fourteenth year, this key industry event is widely…

read more >

Jobs>

Electrician - maintenance and repair – offshore wind farm

Seajacks are an offshore installation company committed to building the world’s most advanced and versatile fleet ...

apply

Field project engineer Offshore & Onshore

Reporting to the Field Services Manager/Project Managers, the job holder will support field operational projects and maintenance ...

apply

Offshore wind jobs at Shell Netherlands BV

Commercial Lead New Energies, Offshore Wind Operations Lead and Wind Turbine Engineer.

apply

Vessels>