E.ON's Offshore Developments Backed - 22/07/2009
Detailed marine mapping from SeaZone is helping E.ON plan and deliver offshore wind farm projects across the UK. Using the digital marine map HydroSpatial, E.ON has undertaken an assessment of UK coastal areas to assess the potential for offshore wind farm developments in the UK and to get a better understanding of the most suitable locations. The UK government is aiming to generate enough energy from wind to power 15 million homes by 2020.
E.ON is one of the UK's leading developer, owner and operator of wind farms in the UK with 21 operational sites located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. E.ON is also midway through the construction of Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in Cumbria and has recently been given the green light, with partners DONG Energy and Masdar, for the London Array which, once complete, will be the world's largest offshore wind farm, providing enough energy to power 750,000 homes.
The completion of this mapping project prior to the announcement of Round 3 wind farm development by the Crown Estate helped E.ON to be proactive in its discussions with the awarding authority. Armed with intelligence derived from the SeaZone base mapping and other information E.ON was able to demonstrate that it had an understanding of potential development constraints within their bid submissions.