Construction of the onshore works will begin in winter 2002, with the turbines being installed during summer 2003. Scroby Sands is one of the 18 potential offshore sites that secured seabed leases from Crown Estate last year.
Powergen Renewables has been developing the project since 1995, and submitted its applications for consent over a year ago. As well as agreement from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under the Electricity Act, the company also gained consents under the Food & Environment Protection Act and the Coast Protection Act. Nigel Pearce from the DTI says that future applications for offshore wind farms should not be as slow to determine. Under the DTI's "one-stop-shop" approach to streamline the consents process, the target for offshore applications is four to six months, he says.
Powergen Renewables, in collaboration with Vestas, was granted EU funding for the project from the Thermie energy program. According to Chris Morris from Powergen Renewables, most of the money is in a pot waiting to be spent. But he cannot confirm that Vestas would supply the turbines: "Because of EU procurement process rules, we have to tender for this project," he says.