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Energy firm buys Northumberland windfarm project

EDF Energy representatives at the opening of one of their other projects in the Scottish Borders.

EDF Energy representatives at the opening of one of their other projects in the Scottish Borders.

A major energy company has bought a windfarm scheme in north Northumberland and hopes to progress the project as soon as possible.

EDF Energy Renewables has bought the Barmoor windfarm project from Duke Energy and Statkraft UK Limited.

The site, between Ford and Lowick, was developed by Force 9 and the sellers.

The six-turbine project, which is expected to have a capacity of 12 MW, received planning consent in January 2010 and EDF Energy Renewables now aim to continue the construction of the site as soon as possible.

Once built, it is thought the windfarm will be capable of producing enough low-carbon electricity to meet the annual needs of approximately 6,400 homes.

Christian Egal, CEO of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “We’re pleased to have acquired this excellent project from Duke Energy and Statkraft UK.

“We have ambitious plans to continue to grow our portfolio of onshore windfarms, through our own development activities and through acquisitions. This deal is consistent with that ambition and our ability to deliver new projects.

“We are very keen to start construction at the site and will start liaising with the local community on our building plans as soon as possible. We are committed to engaging with and supporting the communities we operate in and are looking forward to continuing the local relationships Force 9 has built up in developing this project.”

Between 2012 and 2013, EDF Energy Renewables built windfarms with a total capacity of 260MW. The company now operates more than 500MW of onshore and offshore projects, including at Green Rigg, near Otterburn, and Kirkheaton in Northumberland and Fallago Rig in the Scottish Borders.

 

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