W-industry welcomes ‘booming Britain’ offshore projects and 200 new manufacturing jobs

Offshore wind general Govt picA renewables industry body today welcomes a number of offshore wind project announcements as evidence of a ‘booming British business environment’ for the industry.

The global manufacturing company CS Wind has confirmed plans to build an offshore wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in the Humber region – the first factory in the UK to build commercial offshore wind towers. This could generate up to 200 direct jobs in the area.

Two major offshore wind developers have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire and 28 miles from the coast of North Norfolk.

RWE Innogy and Statkraft have announced that they’re entering into a 50/50 partnership to deliver the 900 megawatt project, powering the equivalent of about 800,000 UK households a year.

And UK regulator Ofgem has awarded a licence to a British consortium to own and operate the £352 million transmission cable connection to RWE’s Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, off North Wales. The link allows the world’s second largest windfarm access to the onshore grid.

A spokesman for London-based Renewable UK said: “This flurry of good news announcements will do much to consolidate confidence in the UK’s world-leading market for offshore wind. These announcements demonstrate that if you want to do business in offshore wind, Britain is the go-to destination”.

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