The Walney Extension offshore wind farm will provide electricity to over half a million homes and will contribute to the government target of achieving 15% of total energy production from renewable sources by 2020.
Community Benefit Fund
DONG Energy has committed to a Community Benefit Fund ("the Fund") worth up to £660,000 each year.
GrantScape has been appointed by DONG Energy to undertake a consultation exercise to get views from local people on how this money for the community should be allocated.
The process starts with an simple online survey. Anyone can complete it as long as you are over 18. We are particularly interested in the views and opinions of people in coastal locations in Cumbria and Lancashire.
The survey will be open until the end of July 2015. There are only 11 questions, and it should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.
For more information and to take part in the survey, please visit the Grantscape Community Benefit Fund web page
Approximately £1 Million per month was contributed to the local economy during the construction of Walney I and II. This contribution was divided between salaries, local contracts, accommodation and services.
5,697 people were registered as having worked on Walney I and II during its construction.
It is estimated that for the Walney Extension Project, DONG Energy could support up to 185 full-time jobs annually throughout the estimated 25 year operational lifespan.*
The project will consist of up to 207 turbines witrh a maximum capacity of 660MW, enough to power up to 590,000 UK homes.
1000 stakeholders engaged in the development of the project.
*Based on maximum park parameters including directly employed staff and those directly employed by first tier contractors
At all of our existing offshore wind farm sites, we rely on local businesses to support our Projects through a variety of different ways, including onshore construction support services, as well as operations and maintenance services. Walney Extension intends to continue this commitment to the local supply chain by undertaking fair and competitive tendering processes that are transparent and accessible to all.
DONG Energy in cooperation with Achilles, applies a global qualification system framework, with the aim of reducing the cost, time and effort involved in doing business for both DONG Energy Wind Power and our suppliers.
For more information visit www.dongenergy.co.uk and search 'supply chain'.