7 October 2002 – The 60MW wind farm project off the coast of Norfolk planned as a joint venture between Powergen Renewables and Germany’s E.ON is to be delayed by up to a year.

It is understood to be delayed because contractors’ turbine installation charges are too high.

The Scroby Sands £75m project has just received a government grant of £10m. It is to be built on a sandbank known as the Middle Scroby Sands, around 3km north east of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

The initial development consent is for 30 x 2MW wind turbines, which would generate enough electricity to power around 50 000 homes.

The grant has been awarded to help with the capital cost of the wind farm.

Onshore works were planned to start in 2003, with project completion planned for 2004.

Powergen Renewables, a joint venture between Powergen and the Abbot Group, has been involved with the project since 1995. Scroby was the first commercial-size offshore wind farm to receive government approval, in April this year.

The first offshore development in the UK consists of two 2 MW turbines and was built off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland by a consortium that included Powergen Renewables.

The delay will come as a blow to government renewables targets, which by next year must have reached 3% of all generation.