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First Flight dumps NI offshore plan

Dong, RES, B9 blame delays to design of electricity market and incentives

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Dong, RES and B9 have abandoned plans to build the 400MW First Flight Wind offshore wind project off County Down in Northern Ireland.

The developers blamed a delayed electricity market reform process and incentive arrangements for Northern Ireland, which are running well behind similar measures in the rest of the UK.

The partners acknowledged the decision would be "disappointing for all those involved", particularly since the company has made significant progress in establishing the feasibility of the project.

"However as a result of delays to the design of the new market and renewable incentive arrangements for Northern Ireland, First Flight Wind has concluded that the project can no longer be built in the timeframes likely to be required under the new market rules."

It added that it is not going to be possible to continue with further project development and consent related activity.

"We believe that there continues to be potential in the future for an offshore wind farm in the area and we hope that the thorough stakeholder dialogue started by First Flight Wind will provide a sound basis for any future development,” said the partners.

The project could make a substantial contribution to Northern Ireland’s requirements for secure and low-carbon electricity and could provide significant local economic opportunities, it added.

Image: First Flight Wind

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