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Offshore wind developers unveiled

E. On, RWE nPower and Scottish Power are among those awarded the rights to develop new offshore wind farms around the UK’s shores, the Prime Minister announced today.

The Crown Estate, which manages the waters around the UK, is licensing nine areas with potential to be viable offshore wind sites.

The developers which have won the right to exclusively develop the zones, and the potential renewable energy capacity they could deliver, are:

  • Moray Firth Zone - Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd which is 75 per cent owned by EDP Renovaveis and 25 per cent owned by SeaEnergy Renewables - 1.3 GW
  • Firth of Forth Zone - SeaGreen Wind Energy Ltd equally owned by SSE Renewables and Fluor  - 3.5 GW
  • Dogger Bank Zone - the Forewind Consortium equally owned by each of SSE Renewables, RWE Npower Renewables, Statoil and Statkraft - 9 GW
  • Hornsea Zone - Siemens Project Ventures and Mainstream Renewable Power, a consortium equally owned by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures and involving Hochtief Construction - 4 GW
  • Norfolk Bank Zone - East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd equally owned by Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Vindkraft - 7.2 GW
  • Hastings Zone - Eon Climate and Renewables UK - 0.6 GW
  • West of Isle of Wight Zone - Eneco New Energy - 0.9 GW
  • Bristol Channel Zone - RWE Npower Renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy - 1.5 GW
  • Irish Sea Zone - Centrica Renewable Energy and involving RES Group - 4.2 GW

The sites have been chosen on their levels of wind, water depth and potential connection to the grid, taking in shipping and environmental concerns.

Construction could start on some of the projects by as early as 2013.