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Wind Power

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the future of the Cirrus Array offshore wind farm following the withdrawal of Royal Dutch Shell from the consortium funding the development. (244448)

Cirrus Energy (a consortium comprising Scottish Power, Eurus Energy, Shell Wind Energy and DONG) withdrew their application to this Department for Section 36 consent for the proposed 270MW offshore wind farm ‘Cirrus Shell Flat Array’ on 31 October 2008.

This decision is a matter for the companies concerned, but reflects the particular circumstances of the project's location and does not reflect the attractiveness of the UK's offshore wind market as a whole nor the viability of other projects.

The UK is currently leading the world in the delivery of offshore wind. This is because we are creating the right business environment for investment, stimulating investment in technology development and deployment, working to improve access to the grid and speeding up the planning process. With more than 90 UK and international companies registering their interest for new offshore wind development rights with the Crown Estate under the Round 3 competition, the expansion of offshore wind in UK waters remains very much on course.