Wednesday, May 14, 2008

On the Other Hand: World's largest offshore wind farm in the works (FLR)

As a follow-up to this post of 45 minutes ago: "Shell, E.ON Stall Offshore Wind Projects EU Needs", which was itself a follow-up, Reuters tells us:

British utility Scottish & Southern Energy Plc (SSE) will build the world's largest offshore wind farm and has awarded $3 billion in contracts to U.S. engineer Fluor Corp and Germany's Siemens AG.

Despite industry doubts about the viability of offshore wind SSE said on Wednesday it would build the farm off Britain's east coast. Work would begin on the 504 megawatt Greater Gabbard project shortly and power generation would start in 2011.

The utility added it had bought Texas-based Fluor's 50 percent stake in the project for 40 million pounds ($77.8 million).

Earlier this month Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it wanted to sell its stake in a planned 1,000 MW British offshore wind farm project called London Array, raising doubts as to whether that project would be built.

London Array partner E.ON AG, the German utility, acknowledged that rising steel costs and a tight market for turbines had made the economics of the project challenging, despite government incentives for CO2-free generation....MORE

Fluor has been hitting on all cylinders.