An offshore wind farm, similar to Navitus Bay project. Contributed picture.
ONE of the UK’s largest energy companies has struck a deal with the company behind controversial offshore wind turbine project Navitus Bay.
Eneco announced today (Thursday) it had agreed to a joint venture partnership with EDF Energy for the exclusive development rights of the Navitus Bay Offshore Wind project, located between the Isle of Wight and Dorset.
The deal means the companies will work together to develop the plans and consult with the public.
The companies are due to submit a development consent order, the equivalent of a planning application, at the end of next year.
Currently the proposal is for wind turbines producing between 900MW and 1,200MW of energy on a 76 square mile site, 7.3 miles south west off the Needles.
In a statement issued today (Thursday) Chris Sherrington, Project Director for Navitus Bay, comments: "We welcome EDF Energy to the Navitus Bay project.
"They bring solid credentials in developing large renewable projects in the UK and their skills will complement those of the existing Eneco team.
"We now look forward to working together in consulting with key stakeholders and members of the public about the proposed development programme."
A spokesman said: "The first steps for the newly formed partnership will be analysing feedback from the public exhibitions in February and March and identifying an onshore underground cable route to connect the wind park with the National Grid.
"The partnership will also work together on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which commences this summer."