Energy giant signs Navitus deal

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Energy giant signs Navitus deal

An offshore wind farm, similar to Navitus Bay project. Contributed picture.

ONE of the UK’s largest energy companies has struck a deal with the company behind controversial offshore wind turbine project Navitus Bay.

Eneco announced today (Thursday) it had agreed to a joint venture partnership with EDF Energy for the exclusive development rights of the Navitus Bay Offshore Wind project, located between the Isle of Wight and Dorset.

The deal means the companies will work together to develop the plans and consult with the public.

The companies are due to submit a development consent order, the equivalent of a planning application, at the end of next year.

Currently the proposal is for wind turbines producing between 900MW and 1,200MW of energy on a 76 square mile site, 7.3 miles south west off the Needles.

In a statement issued today (Thursday) Chris Sherrington, Project Director for Navitus Bay, comments: "We welcome EDF Energy to the Navitus Bay project.

"They bring solid credentials in developing large renewable projects in the UK and their skills will complement those of the existing Eneco team.

"We now look forward to working together in consulting with key stakeholders and members of the public about the proposed development programme."

A spokesman said: "The first steps for the newly formed partnership will be analysing feedback from the public exhibitions in February and March and identifying an onshore underground cable route to connect the wind park with the National Grid.

"The partnership will also work together on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which commences this summer."


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by Jane Gustar

2nd May 2012, at 22:47:53

Dear Mr Charlton ... yet another inflated NIMBY quote ... for my own personal use I would obviously purchase a much smaller model! Dear me!!! I would only look into investing such money if I was part of a cooperative looking to supply energy to a large number ... come on... be realistic now ...

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by David Charlton

30th April 2012, at 13:25:41

Just more negative comments from Don Prescott, So Don what are your objections to Janes comments about offshore wind providing a back up to the current infrastructure? Is that wrong too

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by Matthew Hampshire

27th April 2012, at 12:22:49

Great to hear so many comments coming out in favour of wind turbines. Is nimbyism at last being relegated to where it belongs?!

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by Don Prescott

27th April 2012, at 09:04:22

"And yes, I WOULD have one in my back garden".
Look forward to seeing your planning application soon.
A Kingspan Proven 11 will cost you £23K for the grid connection and £33K for the battery system.
It stands 15 metres to blade tip and should be quite acceptable to your neighbours.

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by David Shoulder

27th April 2012, at 09:03:51

Agreed - large scale offshore is the answer. I can't see the point of blighting the landscape will a few onshore turbines that will make minimal contribution but have such a dramatic negative impact on peoples lives.

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by Jane Gustar

26th April 2012, at 21:28:17

Excellent, about time! Yes I am a life long islander, and yes, I would WELCOME the turbines. There are areas that are of EQUAL beauty to the Isle of Wight, and they have them, and oddly enough, they manage! I have been to several locations in both the UK and Europe where there are many turbines, but it has never taken away anything from the area. And all these people on about the noise ... a light hum, that is all! A small price to pay for the gift of CLEAN energy! Why should we have this MODERN technology with held from us? Yes, wind turbines do only work when the wind blows, BUT people should realise these SUPPORT and EASE the load on our current energy infastructure, NOT replace it. We should be welcoming this for our children and the youth of tomorrow . And yes, I WOULD have one in my back garden, and NO, I wouldn't protest or feel any differently if it was happening in my very town. I feel saddened by the fact the island have so many short sighted residents. It would be

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by kevin froment

26th April 2012, at 14:54:30

cant wait for this field to be open, the fish that will congregate round them will make rod and line fishing good again. the netters wont be able to tow through them and ruin the place

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by Graeme Egerton

26th April 2012, at 14:11:58

Good, about time too. These thing are a common enough sight everywhere nowadays, we should be championing them instead of moaning about them. They're not the total solution but I believe that they are part of it.

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by Liam Thom

26th April 2012, at 12:05:52

Why the word "controversial"?

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by Kirsty-Louiza Parks

26th April 2012, at 11:26:45

So they should, it is about time we have wind turpines.

People on the isle of wight need to stop being so closed minded about the whole idea they are made to make the world a better and cleaner place.
Why would they bother anyone when they are in the middle of the sea in front of the island where noone lives...... Enough said!!!

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