The Government has given a private company the go-ahead to build the world's first dual wind and gas offshore energy scheme in the UK. Eclipse Energy's Ormonde project will be sited 10KM from Walney Island near Barrow in Furness off the Cumbrian coast.
The Ormonde project will consist of 30 wind turbines, which will be able to produce enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes. When the wind isn't sufficient, power will still come via conventional gas sources pumped from two fields in nearby Morecambe Bay.
Energy Minister, Lord Truscott said: "We are now starting to see a real flow of approvals for energy projects in UK waters. The London Array and Thanet schemes in the Thames Estuary went through in December and the good progress continues in 2007.
"The Ormonde scheme is unusual in that it will combine wind and gas power to produce continuous electricity for the region. It is an exciting and innovative technological first that will make a contribution to our renewable energy aims."
And Ian Hatton, Managing Director of Eclipse said: "Eclipse is delighted to have gained consent for the world's 1st hybrid energy generation facility. We believe that wind power can play a key role by producing electricity from a clean, free, abundant and inexhaustible resource. We expect Ormonde to be the first of a series of similar projects where offshore wind energy is developed using the hybrid concept."
Eclipse Energy are a new British independent energy founded in 1999 in order to design, build and operate the World's first co-developed offshore gas and wind power generation facility. Compare gas and electricity providers