Denmark's DONG Energy, one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups, has been awarded the concession rights to develop a major wind turbine project in Wigtown Bay in Scotland, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen. The wind farm will be able to generate 170-280 MW of electricity if approved.
The Crown Estate, which owns Great Britain's coastal areas, has awarded concession rights to 10 projects off the coast of Scotland with the potential to generate 6 GW of power. Scottish Power and E.ON were among the nine other companies given the green light to explore the sites.
Andreas Krog of DONG Energy commented to news agency Direkt: "The project has been put into the pipeline for expected construction in 2016, so that it will be ready in 2017 provided that all permissions have been achieved and the board has made a final decision regarding investment."
DONG Energy applied for the concession rights for Wigtown Bay via an Open Water approach, where the developer has itself made a screening to find an attractive site to establish an offshore wind turbine farm.
DONG Energy is headquartered in Fredericia, Denmark. The energy group bases its business on procuring, distributing, trading and selling energy and related products in Northern Europe. In 2007, DONG Energy generated revenues of DKK 41.6bn (USD 8.3bn).