£100,000 feasibility study for wind farm

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 31, 2014

 

DEVELOPERS behind plans for a massive offshore wind farm are to carry out £100,000 of feasibility studies to decide which of three ports, including one on the Isle of Wight, it will use as an onshore base.

Navitus Bay announced today (Monday) it had signed 'memoranda of understanding’ with Yarmouth, Poole and Portland, which were shortlisted last year.

The sites are being considered for their suitability as a base for the construction and operation and maintenance stages of the project. Navitus Bay said either one port, or a combination of ports, could be used.

They will assess factors such as space available, depth of water and storage facilities and how these can be altered or improved to accommodate Navitus Bay’s requirements.

Project director Mike Unsworth said: "The wind park will have a significant impact on the local economy by creating skilled jobs and opportunities for local businesses to get involved, and Navitus Bay remains committed to making sure these positive benefits are realised.

"If any other local businesses would like to find out about the opportunities the proposed wind park could provide, I would urge them to contact us via our website."

Those behind the project said an independent projection estimated the park would create 1,700 jobs at its peak, with the operation and maintenance bases expected to support 140 jobs annually.

The base is expected to provide an economic value of around £590 million over its 25 year lifespan, a spokesman said.

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by Neil King

1st April 2014, at 19:00:09

I really hope they do build a wind farm, I think they look amazing.

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by Rob Lilly

1st April 2014, at 11:55:43

Andrea. Just to be clear, I support the wind farm. I have just finished working on one off the North Wales coast and am now working on one of East Anglia that is much larger than Navitus.
What I take issue with, is the use of misleading employment figures and the false hopes of the benfits to the local workforce.
As for using Yarmouth, they might be "encouraged" into spending a bit of money and operating some CTV's out of there to buy some good publicity, but thats it.

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by ANDREA RICHTER

1st April 2014, at 09:37:12

I visit Wells next the sea quite frequently and the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm can be seen from the harbour. The offices for the company are situated in Wells and the maintenance boats are in Wells harbour. I wondered if any blinkered individuals on the Isle of Wight might like to research, or even travel to places where this sort of thing is already established before forming an opinion?

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by C Ryan-Sammon

31st March 2014, at 20:53:40

Hopefully this is a stupid April Fool prank :(

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by Colin Russell

31st March 2014, at 18:47:50

Was is not just a few weeks ago that Yarmouth was whining about the MCZ , that they were worried about the ferry getting in and Yarmouth would shut, so what chance for supply ships getting in and out, to see the scale, google earth Great Yarmouth to see the amount of land needed.

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by Steve Smith

31st March 2014, at 17:57:14

More double-talk from the usual suspects..
"This huge great carbuncle will not be built,..... Even if the eyesore 'WAS' built..."
Nice to see an unbiased balanced posting (sic) needs to learn to write English correctly

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by Philip Yates

31st March 2014, at 17:53:48

The way IOW radio is talking its a dead cert.. Yarmouth, even went on to say there would be a demand for more shops including hair dressers ?
If, and if it happens, it will end up like an IOW version of Skegness, go there if you dare, its awful. Houses will loose 1000s in value etc. There will not be any more jobs as we lack the skills base here. Do not be snowballed into the delusion that its good for the island.

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by Mike Crowe

31st March 2014, at 17:23:20

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This huge great carbuncle will not be built, so where is the sense in throwing this money away on a study? Even if the eyesore 'WAS' built, Yarmouth is logistically a non runner.

I feel sure then even a food bank is a better investment for the money that this 'jobs for the boys'

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by Rob Lilly

31st March 2014, at 15:46:18

Perhaps someone from Navitus Bay would like to comment on how those 1,700 & 140 jobs are broken down in terms of UK and local content?

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by B Lane

31st March 2014, at 14:00:38

Well considering that Yarmouth harbour isn't big enough to swing a cat in and taking into account the vast amount of space vacated by the Navy it would seem that Portland is a shoe in. (please send the 100k to my usual address)

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