Dong sells 50% of Burbo Bank windfarm extension

Danish power company Dong Energy has sold a 50% stake in its Burbo Bank offshore wind farm extension in Liverpool Bay to Danish pension provider PKA and Kirkbi, parent company of the Lego Group.

Each of the new investors will take a 25% stake in the development, the construction of which is expected to be completed in 2017.
Burbo Bank currently has 25 turbines producing 90MW of power, enough for 80 homes; the extension will add a further 32 turbines that together will generate 258MW of power, enough for 230,000 households.

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DECC announces review of tidal lagoons

Energy Minister Lord Bourne has launched an independent review into the feasibility of tidal lagoons in the UK.

Bourne said that he wanted to understand how the technology worked and how it would provide value for money or affect household bills.

He expects Tidal Lagoon Power, the proposed developer of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, and other industry stakeholders to take part in the review while discussions about Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon continue.

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Rugeley coal-fired plant to close in summer

Engie, formerly GDF Suez, has unveiled plans to close its 1GW Rugeley coal-fired power station in Staffordshire in the early summer.

David Alcock, Chief Executive of Engie’s energy infrastructure division in the UK, said: “We implemented a number of changes at Rugeley a year ago in order to help maintain operations at the site but a combination of falling prices and the impact of various market changes has now made this unviable.”

Mitsui & Co also owns a 25% stake in the station, which was known as Rugeley B until the closure of neighbouring Rugeley A in 1996.

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Wave projects backed with £250,000

Wave Energy Scotland has awarded £250,000 to two partners to carry out “landscaping” research.

The Institute for Materials & Processes at the University of Edinburgh and its partners will look at materials for use in the construction of wave power devices, while engineering consultancy firm Arup will look at structural forces and stresses.

A third team, led by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in Glasgow, will look at how technology from more mature sectors could be adapted for use with wave power devices.

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Highlands hydro scheme underway

Green Highland Renewables is beginning construction work on its £13.6 million Loch Eilde Mor hydro-electric scheme near Kinlochleven.

Chief Executive Mark Mathieson said: “In the past four years we have constructed and commissioned 25 schemes totalling 17MW across the Highlands and in the process have invested £62m.

“Add to this the £25m we have committed so far this year, and it is clear our hydro projects will make a significant positive impact on the Highland economy.”

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