DONG Energy to build Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm
Danish company DONG Energy has announced that it will be responsible for the construction of the Burbo Bank Extension 258MW offshore wind farm located 8km off the UK mainland.
The wind farm, expected to be commissioned in 2017, is the first of three projects for which DONG Energy was awarded Final Investment Decision Enabling contracts by the UK Government in April, meaning the company will receive a fixed price per MWh electricity during the first 15 years of operation.
DONG Energy executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: "I am very pleased that with this final investment decision we can now begin the construction of Burbo Bank Extension which will supply green power to approximately 180,000 UK households.
"The construction and operation of this wind farm will support green growth and employment in the UK. The decision to construct Burbo Bank Extension using an 8MW wind turbine is another significant step towards reducing cost of electricity on future projects."
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has welcomed DONG Energy's decision to build the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay.
He said: "The UK is ranked as the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind projects. The decision by DONG underlines the fact that we are providing certainty for investors, resulting in a steady stream of private funding for renewable electricity projects and the creation of thousands of green jobs.
"We want an energy mix that is built on diverse, home-grown sources to make sure our supplies are clean and secure. Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5bn invested since 2010 which is powering over 3 million more homes across the UK."