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  • Minister addresses Northern Ireland offshore wind supply chain event

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 15 May 2012

    The UK offshore wind supply chain events came to Northern Ireland, with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and over 300 business people attending.

    The minister encouraged local companies to grasp the opportunities offered by the offshore renewable energy sector, saying: "Offshore energy is a growing market and opportunities in the Irish Sea region alone are currently valued in excess of £17 billion for areas under licence from The Crown Estate. This is set to increase when licences for installation of wind and tidal technologies in Northern Ireland waters are announced later this year."

  • Offshore wind supply chain event – Wales

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 10 May 2012

    150 representatives from industry and government attended the first event in the third series of UK offshore wind supply chain events on the north Wales coast. Presentations were given by The Crown Estate, Welsh Government, Siemens Energy, Areva Wind and Port of Mostyn on different aspects of the supply chain.

    The event, held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, was co-funded by the Welsh Government and The Crown Estate.

  • Call for submissions to Argyll Array offshore wind farm consultation

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 02 April 2012

    Views on the 'Draft Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping Report' should be submitted by Friday, 27 April.

    Copies of the draft report and comment forms are available from:

    Argyll and Bute Council website

    Tiree Community Development Trust

    Please submit all responses to:

    Online comment form

    Or by post or email to:

    Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping Study,
    c/o Lisa Hardie,
    Development and Infrastructure Services,
    1A Manse Brae,
    Lochgilphead PA31 8RD

    Email: renewableenergy@argyll-bute.gov.uk

  • Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy strategic action plan (ORESAP) launched

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 27 March 2012

    Northern Ireland's Energy Minister Arlene Foster announced the publication of the ORESAP which presents the vision for developing offshore renewable energy resources to 2020 and beyond.

    The ORESAP contains actions to facilitate the opportunities and also address the challenges of offshore development through a range of policy, legislative and operational activity and follows a two year consultation process with a wide range of stakeholders, including The Crown Estate.

    Further information:

    The ORESAP can be found on the DETINI website:


  • Round 3 comes to Felixstowe school

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 16 March 2012

    Ronnie Quinn, Senior Development Manager, spoke with about 1,350 school children at Felixstowe Academy and Chantry High School over two days in March about offshore wind and in particular the 7.2 GW Round 3 East Anglia Zone. Ronnie has given talks at around 20 schools and colleges in the east of England.

  • Ormonde commissioning completed

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 23 February 2012

    Following a two-year construction programme Vattenfall AB has now completed commissioning of the 150 MW Ormonde wind farm, some 10 km off the coast of Cumbria.

    The wind farm has thirty 5 MW Repower turbines and is now expected to provide enough electricity for about 100,000 homes each year.

    Further information: Vattenfall

  • Construction starts on Teesside offshore wind farm

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 03 February 2012

    Construction work has commenced on installation of 27 turbines at EDF Energy Renewables' Teesside offshore wind farm, a Round 1 project.

    Located 1.5 km off the coast at Redcar, initial work involves installing large diameter steel tubes into the seabed as foundations for the transition pieces.

    The first turbines are likely to be fitted in late summer with electricity generated from the wind farm beginning in early autumn.

    Further information: EDF Energy Renewables

  • Work begins on Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 23 January 2012

    Building work is due to begin off the north Wales coast for one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe. The 160-turbine Gwynt y Môr project, 13 kilometres (eight miles) off Llandudno, will take more than two years to build.

    Further information: RWE

  • Proposed Green Port Hull facility

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 13 December 2011

    Applications submitted by Associated British Ports and Siemens plc to Hull City Council for the development of the proposed Green Port Hull facility.

    Rob Hastings, director of the marine estate at The Crown Estate said: "We welcome Siemens' manufacturing planning application announcement. This is a key milestone in the development of the UK offshore wind industry. Our offshore wind leasing programme is delivering not only a secure supply chain but is also providing a significant boost to the economy through jobs and inward investment."

    Further information: Siemens

  • Power up at Walney 2

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 01 November 2011

    Electricity production commenced at Walney 2 offshore wind farm on 1 November 2011. Key milestone for Dong Energy, the leading partner in the construction and operational phases of the projects, SSE and OPW.

    Further information: DONG - Walney offshore wind farms

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