Poole on the shortlist for Wind Farm HQ 4th July, 2013 Daniel Birkett
Poole, Dorset has been proposed as a possible site for the Navitus Bay wind farm which could generate £670m for the local community and create around 160 jobs.
The sites currently shortlisted by project leaders, Navitus Bay Development Ltd are Poole, Portland and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. The wind farm will be given a 25 year life span and would bring sustained revenue and employment opportunities for that period to the local area.
The project management team hope to begin construction in 2017 subject to approval from the relevant authorities and plan to have the turbines installed and be fully operational by 2021.
The project director of the Navitus Bay, Mike Unsworth said: “I am delighted that following constructive discussions with Poole, Portland and Yarmouth, we are able to commit to using a local port for operations and maintenance.
“These port authorities have worked closely with us to get to this point, and I would encourage local businesses to do likewise.
“We are actively encouraging as many local businesses as possible to contact us via our website to see how they can capitalise on these new opportunities.”
Around 2,000 jobs could be created during peak periods of construction and the current proposal plans to build up to 218 wind turbines. If Poole is the successful destination for the project then the wind farm would be based 20km from the Poole coast and 14.7km from the Swanage Coast.