Fluor and Airtricity Granted Exclusivity to Develop Offshore Wind Farm at Bell Rock
Fluor Corporation announced today that its UK division, Fluor Limited, and Airtricity, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, have been granted an exclusivity award by The Crown Estate to develop an offshore wind farm at Bell Rock off Scotland's Angus coastline.
During the next year Fluor and Airtricity will work with a variety of local authorities, statutory and non-statutory entities and other stakeholders in order to undertake site specific consultations and environmental impact assessments before bringing forward a final plan for development of the site.
The proposed wind farm could have a total capacity of up to 700 megawatts (MW) from power generated by state-of-the-art turbines. The site is 10 kilometres from the Angus coastline and covers around 93 square kilometres.
The exclusivity award by The Crown Estate follows an invitation for bids for Scottish Territorial Waters for the development of offshore wind farms and is subject to the satisfactory completion of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for offshore wind announced by the Scottish Government in October 2008.
Fluor Corporation's senior vice president and head of its Infrastructure Business Line, Patrick Flaherty, said, "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this agreement and look forward to working closely with Airtricity and all the other key stakeholders to develop the Bell Rock project. It is an important project for Fluor and is consistent with the company's strategy of applying our engineering and technical expertise to assist our clients in reducing carbon emissions and increasing the supply of green energy."
Peter Raftery, general manager of UK Offshore Development for Airtricity, said, "We are delighted that The Crown Estate has granted exclusivity to Airtricity and Fluor to develop Bell Rock. We believe that Scottish Territorial Waters represent an outstanding renewable resource and I look forward to the development of the site in consultation with key stakeholders."
The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm Project is the world's largest offshore development currently under construction. It was developed by a 50:50 joint venture between Fluor and Airtricity. Having successfully completed the development phase, obtained all necessary approvals and signed the construction contract, the 500 megawatt project in the Thames Estuary will provide carbon neutral, renewable energy for more than 415,000 homes, equivalent to the approximate domestic electricity demand for the County of Suffolk.
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