DONG Energy has signed an agreement with the Isle of Man Government for the right to investigate the suitability of a potential offshore wind farm location approximately 6-12 nautical miles off the east coast of the island.
About the project
DONG Energy was awarded "Preferred Bidder" status in November 2014, following a tender process conducted by the Isle of Man Government earlier in the year.
DONG Energy has now signed an Agreement for Lease (AfL) with the Isle of Man Government. This AfL gives DONG Energy the right to investigate an agreed area within the Isle of Man Territorial Seas, located approximately 6-12 nautical miles off the east coast of the island, to determine its suitability for an offshore wind farm.
It will take a number of years to complete these investigations, after which there will be an option to execute a lease with the Isle of Man Government for the seabed over the lifetime of the wind farm, if conditions are suitable.
Planning Consent will be needed before a lease is signed with the Isle of Man Government and if conditions are not suitable for an offshore wind farm DONG Energy will hand the site back to the Isle of Man Government.
Subject to the specific findings of the investigations throughout the development stage, construction activities would be likely to take place post-2020.
The site under investigation for the proposed wind farm is located within the Territorial Seas of the Isle of Man, to the east of the island.
The project is at an early stage of development, and as such its final layout and size are not known. It is important to note that the final size of the windfarm will be less than the area currently earmarked by the AfL for investigation.
Subject to our investigations, and the outcome of future consenting processes, the proposed windfarm could generate up to 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The number of wind turbine generators, and their likely size, is not yet known, but will be considered during the planning and consenting processes.
DONG Energy will be producing an Environmental Statement to support the applications for Marine Infratsructure Licence and other consents needed for the export cable installation outside of Isle of Man waters. Work has started on the production of an EIA Scoping Report for the potential offshore works.
- DONG Energy awarded Preferred bidder status
- Signed an Agreement for lease November 2015
- Now investigating territory 6-12 miles off the east coast of the Isle of Man
- Pending investigation, any potential wind farm could be up to approximately 700MW