Plans for giant 2.2GW wind farm scrapped

Centrica and DONG Energy have ditched plans to build a giant wind farm in the Irish Sea. The British Gas owner said the decision to stop development comes as a […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Centrica and DONG Energy have ditched plans to build a giant wind farm in the Irish Sea.

The British Gas owner said the decision to stop development comes as a result of an assessment, which “confirmed challenging ground conditions”, making the project “economically unviable” with current technology.

Up to 440 turbines would have been installed in the 2.2GW Rhiannon wind farm, which would generate enough power to meet the needs of around 1.7 million homes.

A spokesperson for the project said: “We’re disappointed not to be progressing with our work to develop wind farms in the Irish Sea Zone, however our assessments have shown that ground conditions are such that it’s not viable for us to proceed with the technology that’s available at this stage.”

The project was a 50:50 joint venture between Centrica and DONG Energy.