Approval for Eclipse
Eclipse Energy UK have been granted consent to enlarge its previously consented Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm and to generate and export electricity from the adjacent Ormonde Gas Fields development by the UK Government
This completes the series of principal permissions necessary to construct the world’s first co-development of offshore gas and wind energy, in the East Irish Sea.
The consent permits Ormonde Energy to build a 150MW wind farm comprising of 30 turbines, which will be sited 9.5 km from Walney Island. This consent replaces the previous one granted in February 2007.
When constructed Ormonde will have the ability to provide up to 150MW of electricity from its dedicated offshore wind farm of 30 5MW turbines and during periods of light wind the three gas turbines fuelled from two adjacent natural gas fields will generate a total of 90MW of electricty.
The sub-sea electricity export cable will cross Morecambe Bay with a landfall at Heysham. The Ormonde Project will be able to supply the equivalent of half of Cumbria’s domestic load, generating enough electricity to power over 111,000 homes. The project anticipates first energy in 2011.
The project will use existing power generation and North Sea oil and gas technology and will be capable of flexible and reliable low-carbon power generation. It is a sustainable concept with in-built options for future re-use of the facilities, for further development of offshore renewable energy technologies and potential re-development of the sub-surface reservoirs for gas storage. Such activities would be dependent on further permissions being obtained.