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15 December 2004

Mott MacDonald to provide mechanical layout and protection system design services for new UK offshore wind farm

Mott MacDonald has been appointed subconsultant by AREVA T&D Systems in Stafford to provide design services for an offshore wind farm to be built seven kilometres off the coast of Walney Island in Cumbria. The circa £100 million project is being built by a consortium comprising Kellogg, Brown and Root and Vestas Celtic Wind Technology (KBRV) on behalf of Barrow Offshore Wind Limited. The wind farm will contribute towards the UK government's renewable energy targets to the year 2010.

The wind farm comprises 30 turbines which will be connected via a 33 kV subsea cable to a 33/132 kV substation mounted on an offshore platform. An additional 132 kV subsea cable will then connect the wind farm to the shore near to an existing 132/400 kV substation at Heysham. High winds in the area provide for large scale wet renewable projects, which have the advantage of causing little environmental impact.

Mott MacDonald's role involves ensuring the equipment design and layout at the offshore platform is co-ordinated with the designs for the platform itself, with an emphasis on simplicity and safety. In addition, the consultant is producing the overall design of the power system protection.

Construction work will begin in early 2005 with commissioning of the wind farm expected towards the end of the year.

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