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  • Edinburgh pupils explore careers in green energy

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 06 November 2013

    Secondary school pupils from across Edinburgh will explore job opportunities in offshore renewables in a special one day workshop today.

    The Crown Estate is hosting an event with City of Edinburgh Council to highlight the range of different jobs available in areas such as engineering, research and development, marine planning, law and communications.

    Further information: Edinburgh pupils explore careers in green energy

  • Inaugural Wales Green Energy Award

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 10 October 2013

    We were very pleased to sponsor the inaugural Wales Green Energy Award, organised by RenewableUK Cymru.

    The Crown Estate sponsored the supply chain development award, which had a very worthy winner in Vattenfall for the Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project, Neath Port Talbot.

    Further information:

    RenewableUK - Winners announced at inaugural Wales Green Energy Award

    Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project

  • Installation of tower for Samsung Heavy Industries’ prototype offshore wind turbine nears completion

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 08 October 2013

    We welcome news that installation of SHI's tower is nearing completion in Fife.

    Ronnie Quinn, Energy and Infrastructure Lead in Scotland, said: "This installation marks a big step forward for offshore wind technology development in Scotland, and we're pleased to have been able to provide certainty and support to Samsung. Their long-term investment is a hugely important contribution to building the supply chain in Scotland and in driving growth of a world-class offshore wind industry."

    Samsung announced plans to invest £100 million in Scotland in 2012.

  • First application accepted for Dogger Bank

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 25 September 2013

    The Planning Inspectorate today accepted Forewind's development consent order application for the first stage of offshore wind energy development on the Dogger Bank zone.

    The application for Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, comprising two offshore wind farms with a potential capacity of up to 2.4 GW, was submitted after more than three years of surveys and research work, reporting and stakeholder engagement activity.

    Further information: Forewind - First application accepted for Dogger Bank


  • New technology inaugurated at Gunfleet Sands

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 13 September 2013

    Two next generation 6 MW Siemens offshore wind turbines have been installed at Gunfleet Sands by developer DONG Energy. The technology marks an important step in industry's efforts to reduce the cost of energy and brings closer a diverse, low-carbon energy supply for the UK.

    DONG Energy will be using the demonstration project to verify turbine performance, reliability and functionality.

    Further information: DONG Energy Gunfleet Sands

  • Triton Knoll offshore wind farm approved

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 11 July 2013

    Planning consent has been granted by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for the construction of an offshore wind farm of up to 1,200 MW at Triton Knoll, off the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast. The project when completed could provide enough renewable electricity to meet the average needs of up to 820,000 households each year.

  • Offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 900 MW inaugurated

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 04 July 2013

    Two further UK offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 900 MW were inaugurated this week.

    On Wednesday 3 July the final phase of construction of the 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm was formally recognised by joint owners Centrica Renewable Energy, Dong Energy and Siemens. The following day the completion of London Array, at 630 MW, currently the world's largest operational offshore wind farm, was also announced.

    Our offshore wind programme operational capacity is now 3.6 GW, equating to approximately 5 per cent of the UK's electricity generation capacity.

    Further information: Two offshore windfarms, including world's largest, inaugurated


  • Galloper Extension scheme is granted consent

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 24 May 2013

    Galloper Wind Farm Ltd have been granted permission by the Government to construct a 504 MW wind farm off the coast of Suffolk and onshore infrastructure at Sizewell to connect the wind farm to the electricity grid. The electricity generated is estimated to power the equivalent of up to 500,000 homes a year.

    Further information: Galloper Wind Farm Ltd have been granted permission to construct a 504MW wind farm off the coast of Suffolk

  • Largest offshore wind farm is operational

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 09 April 2013

    On 6 April 2013, just over two years since construction commenced, the 175th and final turbine was commissioned at London Array. The full operational capacity of 630 MW makes London Array the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world and the generated energy is capable of powering nearly half a million homes.

  • Final turbine installed at Lincs offshore wind farm

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 02 April 2013

    The seventy fifth and final turbine was installed at the Lincs offshore wind farm on 31 March, Easter Sunday, marking a major milestone in the 270 MW project.  Commissioning is expected later this year and is being managed from Centrica's new operations centre in Grimsby.

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