Walney Extension to create world’s biggest offshore wind farm


28th October 2015

By Joanne Birtwistle – Publications Editor

DONG Energy, a Danish energy company which owns the huge Walney Offshore Wind Farm off the Cumbrian/Lancastrian coast line, has announced it is to go ahead with the 660MW Walney Extension.

The Walney Extension to the offshore wind farm, located in the Irish Sea around 19 km off the west coast, is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018.

The extension means it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.

DONG said the final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities, completing site assessments and having signed the majority of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project.

Samuel Leupold, executive vice president at DONG Energy, said:“Walney Extension will deliver clean electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes and I’m very pleased that we can now start construction of what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when completed.

“Building this offshore wind farm will bring us significantly closer to realising our strategy of having 6.5GW of installed capacity online by 2020.”

The company wll be installing two different turbines: 40 8MW turbines from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and 47 Siemens 7MW offshore turbines.

Leupold continued:“British offshore wind has seen phenomenal growth in recent years. A prerequisite for long term growth in the industry is that offshore wind eventually can compete on costs with other energy technologies. Building Walney Extension will bring us one step closer to that target, and I’m satisfied to see that we keep bringing costs down, while continuing to expand the UK supply chain.

“I’m also excited about the fact that turbine blades, part of the foundations and cable installation will come from UK manufacturing facilities and vessels and create local jobs.”


REAL (Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire)

REAL 27 October 2016 PressRelease

Making a REAL difference with renewable energy The renewable energy sector has received a REAL boost from Lancashire residents, who are campaigning to replace fossil fuels with green energy.

Renewable Energy Alliance Lancashire (REAL) is a new group, created by local residents with the support of Friends of the Earth, that aims to support renewable energy schemes and opportunities in Lancashire and the neighbouring regions. The group has already supported a number of schemes including the successful application from LightSource, to build a solar farm at Staining Wood, off Preston New Road on the Fylde. It has also been instrumental in helping a number of local schools to capitalise on Friends of the Earth’s campaign, Run on Sun. The REAL approach has allowed several schools to take advantage of solar power installations at no cost, with all income streams being paid directly to the schools. In the space of a very short time, the growth of REAL has been quite phenomenal and varied, including support for many wind and solar farms, schools, community investment schemes, community engagement and public consultation, divestment from fossil fuels, engagement with local authorities and renewable energy suppliers. REAL works in the best interests of local communities and strives to enhance environments for future generations.

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Judicial Review gets go-ahead


Breaking: Judge allows legal challenge to Cuadrilla monitoring scheme decision

In the past few minutes a judge in the High Court has given permission for a judicial review of the planning permission granted to Cuadrilla for a monitoring array at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire.

A written application for judicial review had been refused. But at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London Mrs Justice Lang gave permission for the legal challenge.

The judicial review was sought by Elizabeth Warner and the Roseacre Awareness Group. They argued that the decision-making process at Lancashire County Council’s development control committee in June had been flawed. They said the committee had been misdirected at times by officers and that some advice in the officers’ report had been erroneous.

Cuadrilla applied for the monitoring array as part of its plans to frack up to four wells at Roseacre Wood in the Fylde. The application to frack was refused and Cuadrilla is appealing against that refusal. A similar monitoring scheme at Preston New Road was turned down by councillors after they also refused permission for fracking at the site.

After the hearing, Mrs Warner said: “I’m delighted, obviously. There are clear grounds for a judicial review and they spoke for themselves.”

“It shines a light into the whole process. This is a landmark moment. Far too much has been advanced too easily in the past. There are powerful alliances working together and some of the safeguards have been eroded.”

“Clearly there was hope in some parts that this was done and dusted but the reality was never that. From the outset we were confident that the grounds would be successful.”

“This is an important principle.  It does show that given due process this juggernaut can be halted.”

The judicial review is scheduled to last a day and both Mrs Warner and Lancashire County Council asked for the hearing to be in London because an early date was more likely.

Full report coming soon.

Recent fracking research round-up

The past few weeks has seen the publication of a range of research on public attitudes to fracking, health implications, pollution issues and regulation, along with the competing roles of fossil fuels and renewables as energy sources.

This round-up looks at 14 recent studies from the UK and abroad. Please let us know if we’ve missed a report you think should be included.

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Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. Breaches and Controversies.

A document by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations on Cuadrilla – a good overview it seems, with their breaches and controversies described (commissioned by FoE Netherlands):

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.

Quick Scan

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.

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Given the sensitivities and difficulties associated with shale gas exploration and exploitation in a densely-populated country like the Netherlands, a complex, heated, and important debate about the countrys energy future lies ahead for Dutch politicians, corporate actors, civil society organisation and other stakeholders. Should the Dutch government eventually decide to proceed with exploratory fracking, it will require a responsible and diligent corporate partner to do so. UK-based Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. is one of the companies that has been granted a preliminary licence for shale gas exploration in the Netherlands. The present Quick Scan assesses and analyses several aspects of Cuadrilla Resources operations, policies and the companys track record and involvement in controversies related to CSR issues and normative standards found in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The limited number and scope of publicly-available CSR policies and procedures, the lack of risk-based due diligence procedures as is required by the OECD Guidelines, combined with Cuadrillas association with a wide range of controversies call into question whether Cuadrilla represents the responsible, diligent partner the Dutch government will need should it decide to go ahead with fracking.


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