Eneco was awarded the rights to the Zone 7 development area to the west of the Isle of Wight by The Crown Estate in 2009 as part of its Round 3 Offshore Wind Programme.
EDF Energy and Eneco have now formed a 50:50 joint venture to develop the 76 square mile site, which has the potential to deliver wind power capacity of up to 900-1200 MW.
The partners say they will now carry out consultations with the local community ahead of submitting a planning application for the wind farm by the end of next year.
“We are pleased to be working alongside EDF Energy to develop the Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Project,” commented Eneco’s director Guy Madgwick. “They bring strong credentials in developing nationally significant infrastructure projects of this nature and importantly share our view that investment in renewable energy projects… is vital to securing an affordable and sustainable future UK energy supply.”
EDF recently won the tender for three offshore wind farms in French waters, in which it plans to develop some will develop up to 1500 MW of wind capacity with Danish group DONG Energy, Nass Wind Offshore and WPD Offshore.
“EDF Energy is committed to investment in low carbon technologies,” says the company’s Martin Lawrence. “Developing a range of diverse energy sources is crucial to addressing climate change, ensuring security of supply and providing affordable energy for all our customers.”
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