DONG Energy announces offshore wind shifting up a gear
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
Benj Sykes is UK Country Manager for DONG Energy Wind Power, overseeing DONG Energy’s portfolio of offshore wind assets. With a background in oil and gas, at Hess and Shell International, and time spent working for the Carbon Trust in the UK, Benj speaks to Independent Strategy Consultant, Charles Ogilvie, about the health of offshore wind in the UK.
DONG Energy Wind Power UK has built, and now operates, more than 700MW of offshore wind capacity, both independently and through partnerships. It currently has five projects under construction including the London Array, the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, and the 2 x 6MW demonstrator project at Gunfleet Sands. It is developing sites in both Round 3 and the newly licensed Northern Ireland round.
Congratulations on the award of the first Northern Ireland site to First Flight Wind (a consortium with RES and B9). This is good news not just for DONG and its partners, but for Northern Ireland.
Yes, pretty exciting. It’s early days on the project, but a significant milestone for Northern Ireland and another piece of activity for us in the region. We have recently invested £50 million into Belfast Harbour to allow us to use it as a construction base for our West of Duddon Sands installation and have signed a ten-year lease to use the facility for our Irish Sea projects.
DONG Energy’s focus is getting ever better, building offshore wind and, ultimately, driving that down to cost parity. I think that is the area that we can contribute the most to a low-carbon energy system. Our vision is to be leading the energy transformation and we see ourselves as driving that, primarily by cutting costs in offshore wind and by converting our thermal plant to biomass co-firing. We have set an aggressive decarbonisation agenda to bring our portfolio to below 260g CO2/kWh by the end of the decade.
Source: DONG Engery