Green light for dual energy

A dual energy scheme using wind power and gas to be sited off the Cumbrian coast was given the go-ahead today by Energy Minister Lord Truscott.

Eclipse Energy’s Ormonde project from will be sited 10km from Walney Island near Barrow in Furness.

This hybrid development has the potential to generate up to 200MW of electricity with almost half coming from the wind farm comprising up to 30 turbines. This is enough clean energy for around 70,000 homes.

When the wind is insufficient, power will be generated from conventional gas sources pumped from two fields in nearby Morecambe Bay for which DTI approval has also been sought.

The Ormonde project is scheduled for completion in 2010.