RWE abandons giant Atlantic Array

RWE has walked away from the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm project. It blames the decision on the prohibitive costs of building in deeper water on the Bristol Channel seabed

RWE has dropped plans to build the 1.2 gigawatt Atlantic Array offshore wind farm, 10 miles off the north Devon coast.

It says the prohibitive cost of building 240 turbines in “substantially deeper waters and adverse seabed conditions” at the Bristol Channel site makes the project uneconomic.

RWE’s director of offshore wind, Paul Cowling, explained: “The harsh commercial reality is that the Atlantic Array is no longer an economically viable project at this time. This is mainly due to the cost required to overcome the technical challenges but also market conditions we’re operating in.”

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