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Wind farm firm in partnership
Dutch-based energy firm Eneco, the firm behind a proposed £3bn wind farm off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, has entered a 50-50 partnership with EDF Energy to share development rights.
They will work together to continue public consultation on an offshore farm of 300 wind turbines nine miles from Barton-on-Sea and 8.4 miles west from The Needles.
Two years ago Eneco was awarded the rights to seek development consent for 279 square miles of sea bed to the west of the Isle of Wight by the Crown Estate.
A planning application for the 76 square mile Navitus Bay wind farm, which could generate enough electricity to power between 615,000 and 820,000 homes, will be submitted next year.
Chris Sherrington, project director for Navitus Bay, said: “We welcome EDF Energy to the Navitus Bay project. They bring solid credentials in developing large renewable projects in the UK and their skills will complement those of the existing Eneco team.
"We now look forward to working together in consulting with key stakeholders and members of the public about the proposed development programme.”
The first steps for the newly formed partnership will be analysing feedback from the public exhibitions in February and March and identifying an onshore underground cable route to connect the wind park with the National Grid.
The partnership will also work together on the environmental impact assessment this summer.