UK's Navitus Bay shrinks again

Navitus Bay will be off the west of the Isle of Wight

Navitus Bay will be off the west of the Isle of Wight

Plans for the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm off southern England have been scaled back for a second time, taking its maximum capacity to 970MW in a bid to reduce visual impact from the shore.

Navitus Bay – a 50/50 joint venture between French utility EDF and Dutch group Eneco – will now use up to 194 turbines from a previous maximum of 218, or 1.1GW, assuming the deployment of 5MW machines.

The area covered by the project falls to 155 sq km from a previous 175 sq km off the coasts of Dorset and the isle of Wight.

The higher figures were themselves a reduction on the original plan for a 1.2GW, 333-turbine development which was first scaled back in December 2012.

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