In April 2007 British Gas has announced the commencement of construction on the UK’s largest offshore wind farm development by making a significant investment in offshore wind turbines at the Lynn and Inner Dowsing sites in the Greater Wash, situated off the Lincolnshire coast.

Lowest Carbon Dioxide content

British Gas already enjoys the lowest carbon content of any major UK energy supplier, and this eco investment will improve its position versus the competitors in the energy market. British Gas’s parent, Centrica, is entering into a contract with Siemens Power Generation to supply fifty-four 3.6MW turbines for the 180MW development. The project is expected to cost £300 million and hence is a meaningful investment in this environmentally friendly energy production initiative.

Construction work is scheduled to start on the offshore site, three miles off the coast, in spring of 2007, onshore work which will connect the power generation cable in Lincolnshire is already in progress. The energy output from this initiative will be able to supply clean, environmentally friendly, electricity to approximately 130,000 homes. This is equivalent to a town the size of Reading and the benefit of the development will be to will save 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide production every year by the end of 2008.

Wind farm portfolio

This wind farm will add a further 180MW of capacity to British Gas’s power generation portfolio. The company already has the largest collection of gas fired power stations and one of the largest portfolios of undeveloped offshore wind sites in the UK. This includes a 50 per cent interest r in Barrow Offshore Wind, the UK’s equal largest offshore wind farm.

Centrica has also announced it will become a 50 per cent partner in the onshore Braes of Doune wind farm in central Scotland, which recently generated its first power, taking the UK’s total installed wind capacity above 2000MW. Braes of Doune is currently in its commissioning phase, with completion expected during spring 2007.

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