Consultation for offshore windfarm

A PUBLIC consultation has begun into a proposed offshore windfarm off the Scarborough coast.

Scarborough Council is hoping that both Scarborough and Whitby will become ideally located bases for the industry and has organised a series of events aimed at plugging an engineering skills gap.

About 2,600 turbines are proposed for the site at Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore windfarm, which will require miles of cabling and improvements to electricity substations across the Yorkshire coast – developers have said Dogger Bank could generate up to three gigawatts of electricity.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said that Whitby was the nearest port to Doggar Bank, followed by Scarborough, and the area was ideally placed as a service base for the industry.

He said: “Following from a meeting where we went down to London to lobby our MPs the first meeting of an all party group of MPs is due next week.

“Scarborough is on the front foot with it and is leading from the front. We are very much alert to it.”

Representatives from the council were part of the delegation from 22 councils and it has been claimed that the development could create 115,000 jobs in the UK.

There will be public consultation events about the plans at various locations close to the proposed onshore cable route, including Bridlington and Beverley, and each which will last five days.

The development is being led by the consortium Forewind, which includes Npower and Scottish and Southern, together with Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft.

The Dogger Bank wind farm could supply 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity and last year energy secretary Chris Huhne identified Dogger Bank as a prime area for development.