Walney extension approved

UK: The government has approved plans for the 660MW Walney extension to be installed off the coast of England.

The Walney extension has been approved by the government

The secretary of state for energy, Ed Davey, gave his consent to the proposal following a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate.

Dong Energy is developing the extension, which will sit alongside the existing Walney 1 and 2 projects, which have a combined 367MW capacity.

The extension will see up to 83 turbines installed 19 kilometres from England's north-west coast.

With this approval, Dong will be able to moved towards a final investment decision.

The Walney extension was one of five projects to be awarded an early contract for difference subsidy by the government in a non-competitive round of funding.

In September, Dong had its 256MW Burbo Bank extension approved by the government. It will also be located off England's north-west coast.