An application for consent has been lodged for the world's first offshore hybrid gas and wind electricity generating project, proposed over a year ago (Windpower Monthly, July 2004). Eclipse Energy hopes to build the 200 MW Ormonde development in the Irish Sea, ten miles off Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, with GE Energy. The plan is for up to 30 turbines, plus gas turbines fuelled by two small gas fields which would share common infrastructure. Eclipse, a non-quoted company with over 70 shareholders, claims the project is commercially feasible without the need for a government capital grant -- unlike other offshore wind projects in the UK. The company hopes to receive consent in six to nine months and anticipates producing the first energy from the project in 2007. "We expect Ormonde to be the first of a series of similar developments where offshore wind energy is commercialised in this way," says Ian Hatton from Eclipse.
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