First Flight Wind trims 600-MW offshore wind plan by up to 50% - report
Jun 17, 2014 - First Flight Wind Ltd, the consortium behind a 600-MW wind project off Northern Ireland, intends to cut the proposed capacity by up to 50% in order to lower the park’s potential impact on shipping and commercial fisheries, the BBC said today.
The tie-up includes local firm B9 Energy, Danish state-owned utility Dong Energy A/S and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES Group).
Under the revised plan, First Flight Wind is to locate the turbines somewhere at the centre of the tender resource zone awarded in 2012 by the Crown Estate, the body that manages the UK seabed. With the move the consortium will try to avoid the Warrenpoint-to-Heysham shipping route and to minimise the offshore wind farm’s impact on key prawn fishing grounds, according to the report.
According to the developers, once the wind farm is up and running by the end of the decade it will be able to meet over 10% of Northern Ireland’s power needs.