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Dong Energy to explore offshore wind power potential in Isle of Man

CTBR Staff Writer Published 01 December 2015

Dong Energy has agreed to conduct a feasibility study to explore the possibility of developing a wind farm in Manx waters off the north east coast of the Isle of Man.


An Agreement for Lease has been signed between the Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure and Dong Energy to this effect.

Under the agreed terms, Dong Energy will carry out preliminary surveys to determine the practicality and commercial viability of installing wind turbines within the 12-mile limit of the island's territorial sea.

A survey license has been recently awarded to assess the potential to develop a tidal array off the North of the island at Point of Ayre.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne said: "The opportunities for renewable energy in Manx territorial waters are significant. The ambition of the industry is matched by a commitment from the Isle of Man Government to maximize the vast potential of the Irish Sea's clean energy resources.

"Dong Energy is a world-renowned company with a strong track record of achievement in the development of offshore wind farms. We look forward to working with them to progress this exciting initiative."

The self-governing British Crown dependency is looking to harness offshore wind power to generate clean electricity that will contribute to the island's economic growth.

By leasing parts of the Isle of Man's seabed for renewable energy generation, the government is expected to make a significant contribution to public funds, create local jobs, as well as reduce carbon emissions.

Economic Development Minister Laurence Skelly said: "The renewable energy sector has huge potential for the future and is a key part of our strategy to deliver Vision 2020 and grow the economy.

"If a wind farm in Manx waters is viable, all the infrastructure costs would be borne by the developer rather than the Isle of Man Government."

Dong Energy has recently made final investment decision to go ahead with the construction of 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.

Expected to become operational in 2018, the project is said to surpass the current biggest offshore wind farm in the world, 630MW London Array offshore wind farm.

Image: Isle of Man is looking to harness offshore wind resources to generate clean electricity. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.