United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Navitus Bay to showcase local benefits

UK: The developers behind the contentious 970MW Navitus Bay wind project will be holding a "Meet the Buyer" event at the Seawork 2015 conference in Southampton this week.

MHI-Vestas will manufacture the turbine blades at its Isle of Wight facility, close to the project location
MHI-Vestas will manufacture the turbine blades at its Isle of Wight facility, close to the project location

The event will give local businesses the chance to meet the project's Tier One suppliers, including MHI-Vestas, GeoSea, Jan de Nul and joint-developers Eneco and EDF Energy. It will also help to showcase the benefits of the project to the local area.

Navitus Bay has faced strong public opposition, with residents and local representatives campaigning fiercely against the project. They argue the development would damage the region's tourism industry.

Project director Mike Unsworth said: "This is the third event of this type held across the south coast and is part of Navitus Bay's commitment to maximising benefits to the local and regional business community.

"It provides businesses across the region with invaluable access to Tier One suppliers and allows them to find out about any potential commercial opportunities as early as possible, ahead of any procurement processes," he added.

In May, MHI-Vestas signed a conditional agreement to supply up to 121 V164-8MW turbines to the project.

The manufacturer will be seeking local suppliers to help with producing the turbines and to manufacture the blades. MHI-Vestas will produce the project's blades at its Isle of Wight facility.

Navitus Bay said GeoSea and Jan de Nul were the two remaining candidates to provide foundation and cable installation services.

The Planning Inspectorate submitted its recommendation on the project to the government's energy minister last week. The minister, Amber Rudd, has until 11 September 2015 to make a decision on whether the project can go ahead.

Included in the planning application is a 630MW "Plan B" to also be considered. The turbine area mitigation option will see just 78 turbines installed.

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