A contract has been signed which will see Peterhead port used as part of work to construct wind turbines off Aberdeen. It will see one of the world’s largest floating cranes moored at Peterhead and several barges that will transport the 11 foundations. The 11 turbines will make up the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen. Energy firm Vattenfall is behind the project.
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Dong Energy hopes to secure subsidies to build the Hornsea Two project in the government’s auction for renewable energy subsidies, which begins next week with results due next month. Winners will secure a contract guaranteeing them a price for the electricity they generate for 15 years. Dong has planning consent to build up to 1.8 gigawatts of turbines at Hornsea Two, which would be the world’s biggest wind farm. It is already building the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea One project nearby. Doubts had been raised over whether the contracts being awarded this year – worth up to £290 million a year – would be enough to support the full Hornsea Two project. Industry analysis last year suggested that the cash could fund only 1.4 gigawatts of turbines. But Ofgem has forecast that costs could fall to £70 per megawatt-hour – half the level of subsidy that was awarded to the Hornsea One project in 2014. As a result, industry the same pot of cash could support as much as 3 gigawatts of capacity. A spokesman for Dong indicated that the auction could yet result in it splitting the Hornsea Two project into phases. At least 18 projects with a capacity of almost 12 gigawatts having received planning consent and not yet secured finance.
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