The workload in the UK Department of Trade and Industry's offshore consents unit increased again with the latest application for a wind farm under the government's second round of building concessions. Scira Offshore Energy has applied to build up to 108 turbines, 17 to 23 kilometres off the town of Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast in eastern England. The 315 MW Sheringham Shoal project will be in a water depth of 15-22 metres at low tide. The power cables are to come ashore at Weybourne. Scira is a joint venture between Norsk Hydro, which owns 50%, UK offshore wind services firm SLP Energy and Dutch Ecoventures, which each own a 25% share. Ecoventures is part of the Econcern group (page 55). Norsk Hydro also has an option to acquire a further 45% stake in the company. Subject to securing consent, Scira hopes to construct the wind farm in 2009-2010. Sheringham Shoal brings the number of round two projects in the planning process to seven, but it is the first of the wind farms in the Greater Wash area to apply for consent. Next up in the area will be Centrica, which expects to submit an application for its Lincs project this summer, followed by Docking Shoal at the end of the year and its Race Bank wind farm in 2007.
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