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Consultancy Enventi believes it has uncovered evidence showing current UK Government policies are stalling offshore wind development.

It said studies show just 13%, 300km, of current subsea power cable supply contracts relate to UK wind developments, compared to almost 2000km ordered for German projects.

Enventi said this evidence suggests that uncertainty linked to planned Government reforms is creating a delay between projects currently in construction and those consented.

Enventi general manager Scott Macknocher said the company came across the findings by accident whilst undertaking an investigation into cable installation, a problem area for offshore wind. “Despite what the Government has said about transitional measures protecting investment, it appears that uncertainty arising from Electricity Market Reform is preventing consented projects achieving financial close and proceeding to construction,” he said.

Macknocher explained that in a tight supply chain this hiatus will be a crucial factor in the race to install the next phase of offshore farms in Europe. He said: “Germany is already well advanced in the installation of an integrated High-Voltage Direct-Current network that will allow “clusters” of offshore wind farms to be developed and it is likely that this groundwork will allow Germany to surpass the UK as the world leader in installed offshore wind capacity sometime between 2015 & 2020.”

Enventi said it will publish its findings into offshore cable installations shortly.

re News, 13 September 2011