Turbines at sea. Author: Andreas Klinke Johannsen. License: Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Dec 2, 2014 - First Flight Wind Ltd has given up on building a 300 MW-400 MW wind farm off Northern Ireland because of new market rules that require the plant to be completed by 2021.
In a statement, First Flight said that delays to the design of the country’s new market and renewable incentive arrangements make it impossible to build the wind park in time. The BBC quoted Margaret Ritchie, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) member of parliament, as saying that the up to 100-turbine scheme is no longer considered viable.
The project developer is a consortium including local firm B9 Energy, Danish state-owned utility Dong Energy A/S and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, also known as RES Group. In the autumn of 2012, it was awarded development rights for the GBP-1-billion (USD 1.57bn/EUR 1.26bn) offshore wind project near the southeastern coast of County Down by the Crown Estate. Initially, the project was designed with a capacity of 600 MW but was reduced to a maximum of 400 MW.