Acquisition-hungry EDF Renewables snaps up Barmoor wind farm near Berwick from Duke Energy and Statkraft

EDF RenewablesEDF Energy Renewables has acquired the Barmoor wind farm project from Duke Energy and Statkraft UK. The project site – which is located about 10 miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed – was developed by Force 9 and the sellers.

The six turbine project, which is expected to have a capacity of 12 MW, received planning consent in January 2010 and EDF Energy Renewables will now progress the construction of the site as soon as possible.

Once built, the wind farm will be capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to meet the annual needs of approximately 6,400 homes.

Christian Egal, Chief Executive, EDF Energy Renewables, said: “We have ambitious plans to continue to grow our portfolio of onshore wind farms, through our own development activities and through acquisitions. This deal is consistent with that ambition and our ability to deliver new projects.”

“We are very keen to start construction at the site and will start liaising with the local community on our building plans as soon as possible.”

Shimon Shoshani, Head of Onshore Development, Statkraft UK, said: “We have ambitious growth plans for onshore wind power in the UK, and this transaction contributes to streamlining our portfolio towards larger projects, in line with our strategy.

“We are actively seeking further investment opportunities in the UK renewables sector, an attractive market for investments.”

Statkraft (literally ‘State Power’ or, idiosyncratically ‘Norway Power’) is the Norwegian state-owned electricity generating company. It employs more than 3,500 people in 20 countries.

In addition to 500MW of onshore and offshore projects already in service, EDF Energy Renewables has more than 1000MW of onshore renewables projects in development together with a 970MW offshore wind farm project currently under development, Navitus Bay, a 50-50 Joint Venture between Eneco Wind UK Ltd and EDF Energy.

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