Thursday, 9 November 2023
Consultation for Morgan and Morecambe offshore wind farm’s Transmission Assets closing soon
Statutory consultation for the transmission assets of Irish Sea offshore wind projects Morgan and Morecambe will close on 23 November 2023. The consultation ends six weeks after it launched, giving local stakeholders and residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the current proposals and learn more about the projects.
Those wanting to provide feedback can do so via email, in writing, or through the online consultation hub, as well as finding out more information about the projects. All responses to the consultation must be received before midnight on 23 November 2023.
The consultation focuses on the proposed onshore substation locations for each project, the offshore and onshore cable routes, the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, and all assessment work undertaken so far. As determined by the National Grid-led Holistic Network Design review, the cables will connect to the existing National Grid Penwortham substation in North West England.
Morgan and Morecambe offshore wind farms are being developed by two joint ventures between bp and EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (Morgan), and Cobra and Flotation Energy (Morecambe), respectively. When operational both projects have the combined potential generation of approximately 2GW and are anticipated to contribute to the UK Government’s ambition of 50GW of offshore wind power by 2030.
Richard Haydock, programme director, UK offshore wind, bp, said: “We greatly appreciate and value the interest from the community and stakeholders throughout the consultation so far. We are looking forward to hearing more from the public on our proposals in the final weeks of the consultation and encourage those who have not yet provided feedback to do so.”
Al Rayner, Project Director for Morecambe said: “Morgan and Morecambe, by their nature, are collaborative projects and we carry that ethos through to our engagement with local communities. Continuing the dialog is vital as we progress our plans. The success of our projects relies heavily on the information and advice we receive from the general public, local authority and environmental groups and we look forward to welcoming more people to our remaining events this month.”
Notes to Editors
bp's purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. bp has set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050, or sooner, and help the world get to net zero. This strategy will see bp transform from an international oil company producing resources - to an integrated energy company providing solutions to customers. bp already has a significant onshore wind business in the US with a gross generating capacity of approximately 1.7GW, operating nine wind assets across the country as well as a 9.3GW net offshore pipeline.
Energie Baden-Württemberg AG EnBW is one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe, with a workforce of 27,000 employees supplying energy to around 5.5 million customers. Installed renewable energy capacity will account for 50 percent of EnBW’s generating portfolio by the end of 2025. EnBW was among the pioneers in offshore wind power with its Baltic 1 wind farm in the Baltic Sea. EnBW has developed, constructed and operates four offshore wind farms in Germany with a total installed capacity of 945 MW. Another 960 MW from the offshore wind farm He Dreiht are currently under development; the final investment decision in March 2023 cleared the way for the start of construction.
Cobra is a world leader in the development, construction and management of industrial infrastructures and energy projects, with 80 years of experience. Cobra is a world leader with the capability and determination to develop, build and operate industrial and energy infrastructures that require a high level of service, based on excellence in integration, technological innovation and financial strength.
Our unrivalled knowledge and understanding of floating offshore wind developments is a significant advantage in delivering a high quality and efficient project, coupled with our commitment to environmental stewardship. Our experience as a major player in offshore wind is based on a 50 MW project in operation and over 11.2 GW under development.
Flotation Energy, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, is leading the way in the development of the offshore wind projects and pioneering the future of renewable energy. It has a growing project pipeline, managing 13GW of offshore wind projects in the UK, Ireland, Taiwan, Japan and Australia; with plans to expand into many more key markets. Its core strengths lie in building and operating offshore windfarms in new offshore locations around the globe with expertise in project and engineering management of large infrastructure projects. Determined to support the global movement to Net Zero and sustainable energy consumption, we recognise the benefits of collaboration and working in partnership with other developers to deliver proven, cost-effective solutions.
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