North Devon 'unlikely' to secure construction port for Atlantic Array

LARGE scale construction of the Atlantic Array offshore windfarm is unlikely to take place from a port in North Devon, according to a report by North Devon Council. An update heard by the council s Executive committee said that developers RWE npower were

LARGE scale construction of the Atlantic Array offshore windfarm is unlikely to take place from a port in North Devon, according to a report by North Devon Council.

An update heard by the council's Executive committee said that developers RWE npower were set to agree the location of the construction port by the end of the year.

But the council's economic regeneration officer, Ellen Vernon, said: "Due to the scale of the construction operation, this is unlikely to be in northern Devon.

"There is a possibility that some element, such as the construction of the concrete bases for the turbines, may be produced locally however."


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The report said that North Devon was still being considered as a port location for operations and maintenance although this was lower down the priority list for developers.

"It is considered that there may be a suitable location in North Devon, at Yelland on the site of the former power station, possibly supported by Ilfracombe," said the report.

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"There are expected to be around 250 permanent jobs associated with the operations and maintenance port. There may be other benefits with an operations and maintenance port being located at Yelland, including the opportunity to develop a renewable energy business park/centre of excellence, and the possibility to develop a regional training and skills centre here."

Last week, three North Devon councillors were appointed to a joint forum with Torridge District Council to help the region to secure benefits from the Atlantic Array.

Executive members Cllr Pat Barker, Dick Jones, Brian Moores and Colin Wright will join Torridge councillors James Morrish, Barry Parsons, Len Ford and Sam Robinson on the forum.

They will have no decision making powers but will meet regularly to enable the two authorities to work together to receive updates and discuss economic development and employment opportunities.

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