Vattenfall, which is a leading European energy company currently operates three offshore wind farms – Kentish Flats, off the north Kent coast, Thanet, off the north east Kent coast and Ormonde, off the north west coast near Barrow. Edinbane, an onshore wind farm on the Isle of Skye started generating power in the summer of 2010.
In January 2012 it was announced that Vattenfall would integrate its portfolio with Nuon creating a combined onshore wind energy business that could invest up to ¬£1bn in the UK by 2020.
The move brings together 14 projects in England, Wales and Scotland totalling over 624MW of capacity under the same management.
Vattenfall is moving forward with the planned European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) near Aberdeen ‚Äď a joint venture involving Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.¬† With EOWDC, the Clashindarroch onshore scheme consented in December 2010 and with a decision expected for Aultmore onshore scheme by autumn 2012, the north east of Scotland is an important area for the company.
Vattenfall completed the commissioning of the Ormonde offshore wind farm February 2012.¬† The 30 REpower 5M 5 MW turbines will, once they are generating at full power, provide energy for more than 100,000 homes.
The Round 3 East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm is being developed in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables, a project which could deliver up to 7,200 MW in installed capacity and provide clean electricity for the equivalent annual demand of around 4 million UK homes.
The UK and Scottish waters particularly, are blessed with some of the highest levels of wave and tidal energy to be found on the planet.¬† Vattenfall has teamed up with Edinburgh based Pelamis Wave Power to explore development opportunities off the west coast of the Shetland Islands.¬† The joint venture, called Aegir, hopes initially to develop a project of 10MW.
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