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EDF joins Eneco on south coast offshore wind farm

UK: EDF has agreed to partner Eneco in developing its 1.2GW wind farm off the south coast of England.

Eneco confirmed last week that the two firms had signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement to develop the Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Project.

The wind farm will be sited on an area of 76 square miles located to the west of the Isle of Wight and south of Bournemouth.

Eneco was awarded the rights to develop the site as part of UK marine landlord Crown Estate’s Round 3 of its programme of leasing offshore wind sites, which in total leased sites capable of accommodating around 32GW of offshore wind power generation to be developed in UK waters by 2020.

In February 2011 Eneco announced that it believed an offshore windfarm of between 900MW and 1.2GW could be developed on the Navitus Bay site.

Following the JV agreement with EDF, Eneco said that the two firms would now carry out a programme of onshore and offshore consultation with the local community.  They plan to submit a Development Consent Order (the wind farm’s planning application) to UK national planning body the Infrastructure Planning Commission at the end of 2013.

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