United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Humber offshore base decision delayed

UK: The government has said it is minded to approve the construction of a massive industrial base on the south bank of the Humber for the offshore wind industry, despite delaying the final decision for a third time.

The Able Marine Energy Park will cover around 3 square kilometres
The Able Marine Energy Park will cover around 3 square kilometres

Transport minister Norman Baker said that the decision on whether plans for the £450 million (EUR 540 million) Able Marine Energy Park can go ahead will be made by 18 December, following two previous delays.

Baker said he is still awaiting clarification on the ecological impact of the scheme on the Humber estuary and whether it would affect the running of the Killingholme branch railway.

Despite the delay, renewable energy trade association RenewableUK welcomed the indication that the project is likely to be given approval. "Today's announcement marks an important step forward in the development of the UK's offshore wind manufacturing sector," said deputy chief executive Maf Smith..

"We know the government wants to take more time to look at certain aspects of the decision, and we look forward to their swift examination of these details so that we can get a green light once and for all and the project can start providing the economic boost for the area that we know it can," he said.

The application was made by Able Humber Ports in December for the construction of a quay, warehouse and transportation depot, together with an ecological compensation scheme on the opposite bank.


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