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Consortium Formed for UK Offshore Wind Farms Round 3

Scottish & Southern Energy Four leading international energy companies have joined forces to bid to win exclusive rights to develop wind farms under the terms of Zone Development Agreements (ZDAs) as part of The Crown Estate's third licence round for UK offshore wind farms (Round 3).

Airtricity, whose parent company is Scottish and Southern Energy Plc, RWE npower renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy, and two of Norway's largest companies, Statkraft and StatoilHydro, have formed a consortium to combine their respective expertise, know-how and financial capacity to prepare for a joint bid for Round 3.

Called Forewind, the consortium combines extensive experience of international offshore project delivery and renewables development, construction, asset management and operations, with UK utility expertise spanning the complete electricity value chain.

Project Manager Peter Raftery said that the consortium draws on exceptional organisational resources, financial strength, technical knowledge and a proven track record of offshore project delivery, which combined prepare it well for the extraordinary challenges facing Round 3 developers.

"Each of the four consortium members - all leading players in their own right - recognise that by joining forces we have an ability to make a significant contribution to the future of wind energy in the UK and demonstrate our commitment to the continuing development of offshore wind," he said.

The cooperation will leverage the companies' complementary skills and capabilities in preparing applications and, in the case of being awarded one or more ZDAs, in the development, construction and operation of Round 3 wind farms.

The companies are cooperating on the submission of a single, joint bid for selected Round 3 zones.

Posted 26/02/09

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