Helping initiate broadband project for the north of Scotland
26 March 2013
Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) have today announced a £146m investment to deliver high speed fibre broadband to the Highlands & Islands. We have played a critical role in the project so far, working with BT, HIE and the Scottish Government.
The project will require 400 km of subsea cables over 19 crossings of our seabed to remote islands. It's the biggest sub-sea engineering project ever undertaken in the UK and is the first with such a number of seabed crossings.
Director of Energy & Infrastructure addresses renewable energy conference
01 March 2013
Rob Hastings addressed RenewableUK's tenth annual wave and tidal conference and exhibition held on 27-28 February 2013, in London. The event attracted over 550 delegates and 45 industry exhibitors.
RenewableUK have produced a review video of the event.
Further information: RenewableUK - wave and tidal 2013 event review video
First offshore wind farm approved under 2008 Planning Act
19 February 2013
The Kentish Flats offshore wind farm extension has received government approval. It is the first offshore wind farm proposal granted a development consent under the Planning Act 2008.
Construction work is expected to commence in 2015 and owner Vattenfall will invest in excess of £150 million. The extension is for up to 51 MW of capacity and will generate enough renewable electricity to meet the equivalent demand of 35,000 UK households.
Kentish Flats is one of four extension projects that were awarded development rights by The Crown Estate in 2010.
DONG Energy to build Westermost Rough offshore wind farm
31 January 2013
DONG Energy is to invest circa €1bn to build the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm, some eight kilometres off the Yorkshire coast near Hull.
It will consist of thirty-five 6 MW Siemens turbines (total capacity 210 MW), the first large-scale project with the new turbine. The wind farm will be able to provide up to 210,000 households with CO2-free power.
Renewable energy opportunities explained to Scottish students
25 January 2013
Motherwell College students got a first-hand account of career opportunities in offshore wind from Ronnie Quinn, our lead for Energy & Infrastructure in Scotland.
Ronnie discussed several of our programmes which could lead to potential job opportunities, including in turbine design and manufacturing, project development, environmental impact consulting, site management and research and development. The lecture was part of our ongoing activity to promote working in renewables to students.
Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference
11 October 2012
The Crown Estate sponsored Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference, Edinburgh, 10-11 October. Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure took part in the International Question Time.
Further information: Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference
Matthew Clear addresses University workshop
19 September 2012
Matthew Clear, a Development Manager for the Round 3 offshore wind programme, addressed the Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines workshop at Hull University. The topics covered included where the UK is now in developing offshore wind; the role of The Crown Estate, the main problem areas to overcome, the embryonic UK supply chain and where this could go in the future.
Greater Gabbard fully operational
11 September 2012
Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd, a joint venture partnership between SSE plc and RWE npower renewables have announced that all 140 turbines on the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm have now been commissioned and exported electricity. The additional 500 MW of capacity at Greater Gabbard is a significant boost to the UK's use of offshore wind as a renewable energy source.
Jonny Boston addresses "Renewable Energy: A Guide For Business"
17 July 2012
Jonny Boston, Development Manager, addressed a South Yorkshire conference aimed at providing information on the development of the renewable energy industry, and how small and medium enterprises in the area can continue to expand. Jonny presented on 'Offshore Wind and the Scale of the Opportunity'.
The event, "Renewable Energy: A Guide For Business", also provided updates on the latest news from the sector, including details on the current work to bring global players to the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The conference was organised by the Renewables Network and Footprint Renewables.
Scottish Government minister welcomes study
14 June 2012
We issued an industry collaborative study demonstrating that significant reductions in the cost of offshore wind energy can be achieved.
Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government Energy Minister said:
"I welcome the reports from the Cost Reduction Task Force and The Crown Estate Pathways Development study, which outline a realistic path to achieving a significant reduction in the cost of offshore wind, which is essential for us to maximise our offshore wind potential and reap the associated economic benefits.
"Leases have already been granted for 10 GW of offshore wind developments in Scotland's waters, with companies like EDPR and Repsol committed to developing our offshore potential. In addition, international companies such as Samsung, Mitsubishi and Gamesa, based here in Scotland, are developing the next generation of turbines. Important innovative work that will ensure offshore wind is a competitive and reliable source of renewable energy for decades to come."
DECC press release: Offshore wind industry to slash costs by over 30 per cent in next seven years
Press release: Offshore wind cost reduction pathways study
13 June 2012