Work on UK's biggest offshore windfarm to begin 2007
Work on the UK's biggest offshore windfarm at Robin Rigg, off the Scottish coast, will start early next year, German power firm E.ON announced yesterday.
Construction on the ¿325 million 180MW scheme, to be built in the Solway Firth, is due to be completed in spring 2009.
The scheme's 60 turbines will produce sufficient energy to power about 150,000 homes.
E.ON UK chief executive Dr Paul Golby said his firm was committed to reducing carbon emissions.
E.ON group chief executive Wulf Bernotat said: "A secure, economical, and environmentally friendly energy supply is of decisive importance for us. With Robin Rigg we're making an important contribution to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.
"The project is also in line with our strategy to further increase the share of the E.ON group's total generation - currently at about 11 per cent - that comes from renewable sources."
Commenting on the news, energy undersecretary Lord Truscott said: "As an island nation, the UK has an excellent resource for offshore wind farms and, along with the Danes, we are world leaders in getting projects into the water.
"The government is committed to the development of the sector as it can help to meet the twin challenges of reducing CO2 emissions and securing energy supplies."
The wind farm will cut the equivalent of 230,000 metric tonnes of otherwise necessary CO2 emissions each year, the firm said.
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