Regulator to review generation licensing

UK: The UK's electricity market regulator Ofgem has said it will review the conditions of the generation license, after the developer of the Triton Knoll offshore project withdrew its application to access private land.

RWE said development of the site will progress as planned

Following the withdrawal of the application on 14 August, Ofgem said in an open letter it would review the conditions of the generation license. It said the license was unclear in stating whether the installation of electric lines includes the preparatory work.

The developer, RWE, had appealed to Ofgem under the Standard Licence Condition (SLC) of its generation licence, after it was refused entry by local landowners to survey areas to establish suitability for the onshore cables of the 900MW offshore project.

The German developer said felt it had the right to enter private land under the Energy Act 1989. But Ofgem said it was "minded to refuse consent" because the onshore cable system of the project is not part of the generating station or an extension of it.

RWE is currently "reviewing its options" following its withdrawal but said the Triton Knoll project is "progressing as planned".

The 900MW development is located in the North Sea, 32 kilometres from the Lincolnshire coast in northeast England.