RWE has agreed to snap up an additional 20 per cent stake in the Rampion offshore wind farm from European energy giant E.ON, giving RWE majority ownership of the 400MW project in the English Channel. Finalising a transaction begun in 2019 when E.ON sold an initial 30.1 per cent stake in the wind farm to RWE Renewables, the closing of the deal for E.ON’s remaining 20 per cent stake is expected to take place in the first half of this year, the firm said. Financial details for the deal were not disclosed. Located around 13km off the coast of Sussex, the project was fully commissioned in April 2018, and is already being operated by RWE Renewables.
Business Green 15th March 2021 read more »
Creation of “greenports” will let Scotland compete with England for offshore wind manufacturing work, according to a Cromarty Firth boss. Bob Buskie, CEO of the port, made the comments after the UK Government this week revealed £95million for offshore wind port upgrades at Teesside and Humber. The pair are expected to create 3,000 jobs each, coming after both sites were named “freeport” locations in the Chancellor’s budget this month.
Energy Voice 13th March 2021 read more »
Turbine towers for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm could be made in Scotland under plans for a £100 million factory that would create hundreds of jobs. The UK and Scottish governments are understood to be in talks over possible financial support for the Global Energy Group to produce some of the largest wind turbine towers ever made, at a new facility at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth. The Times understands that these would be used in some of the General Electric turbines for the Dogger Bank wind farm that SSE and Equinor are preparing to build in the North Sea, which could supply electricity to six million homes. The facility could create about 300 jobs and more than 1,000 indirectly.
Times 15th March 2021 read more »