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Isle of Man agreement green lights wind farm investigations

Dong Energy has announced that it has signed an Agreement for Lease (AfL) with the Isle of Man government to enable the feasibility of a new offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea to be investigated.

Under the agreement Dong will carry our ground investigations and wind speed analysis at the site located 10 to 20km off the east coast of the island.

According to Dong, these investigation will take several years to complete after which it will be an option to execute a lease with the Isle of Man government for the seabed over the lifetime of the wind farm, if conditions are suitable.

“We are pleased to sign this Agreement for Lease with the Isle of Man government, which allows us to carry out the necessary investigations to check whether we can progress our plans to build an offshore wind farm off the east coast of the Isle of Man,” said Dong Energy head of asset management for wind power Benj Sykes.

“We are still very much in the early stages, but this agreement means we can move forward with assessing vital factors such as wind speeds and ground conditions, critical to determining the viability of the project.”

Dong has said that if the site is found to be suitable, then construction would take place after 2020 and is likely to have a capacity of 700MW.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Surely a decent Geological/Geotechnical Desk Study and a check of the available wind speed and othet meteo data would allow them to decide whether they have to use monopiles or jackets at such a site? In this day and age that should not take "several years", it should allow then a Yes or No within a few months, with a reasonable degree of certainty. All just far too slow!

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