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Furness to play ‘big part’ in renewable energy plans

FURNESS will continue to be a world leader in the offshore energy industry.

That was the message from industry leaders and the government at the official opening of the world’s largest offshore windfarm – around 10 miles off the coast of Barrow.

Dong Energy’s Walney Offshore Windfarm, which is made up of 108 turbines, will power 320,000 homes and is the biggest operational development of its kind.

At the windfarm’s inauguration, held yesterday at Barrow Town Hall, Dong’s chief executive, Anders Eldrup revealed Furness would continue to play a big part in the company’s renewable energy plans.

He said: “This area will be a hub in the future. Cumbria will play a big part in our offshore developments. We have been granted an extension to our Walney windfarm which is quite a significant extra acreage and we are looking into all the development issues now.

“In the future this area will become a very significant one for Dong Energy because we have Walney, Barrow, West of Duddon Sands and further south, the Burbo windfarms.”

The new Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, was special guest at the inauguration and pledged his own – and the government’s – continued commitment to renewable energy. The event was Mr Davey’s first official engagement in his new role after taking over from Chris Huhne last week.

Mr Davey said: “Offshore energy and the drive towards a renewable energy strategy is something I have been committed to for many years.

“To take over the mantle from Chris Huhne was something I was absolutely delighted to do. Chris did a tremendous job taking over the strategy the previous government put in place.

“But just because there’s a change at the helm there is no change in direction, we are completely committed to this strategy.

“This is a great day for Cumbria and I’m sure many people are delighted the world’s biggest windfarm is here. That’s a very positive thing for this part of our country.”

Also present at the event was Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, who said: “It is great that the last Labour government’s £500m investment in offshore wind is coming to fruition with this landmark scheme that will create job opportunities here in Furness.

“I am very glad that the new energy secretary has come up to see what Labour's approach has been able to achieve, particularly as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are letting Britain slip behind other countries on green energy and cutting support for people who want to do their bit with things like solar panels on their roof.”

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But a Dong spokeswoman said: “Seventy-five is a predicted number and it’s too early to say exact numbers of positions there will be

It's all here folks. An unidentified 'Dong spokeswoman' said the company doesn't know how many jobs MAY be created and yet the EM states it's 80!

Fake headlines are not the route to increases in circulation.

Posted by Tony on 15 February 2012 at 10:21

Thats Great News, But What will the People of Furness Gain from It, For Instance will there Be Jobs for Locals? Will It Lower Our Bills? & are there any Benefit to these Giant Carbuncles other than Politicians Egos?

Posted by Wally ! on 12 February 2012 at 01:50

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