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.