RWE, Total, BP among winners in English offshore wind leasing auction

Project could deliver up to 1.5 gigawatts of renewable electricity

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Power-generating wind turbines are seen near the city of Waremme, Belgium, May 30, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Power-generating wind turbines are seen near the city of Waremme, Belgium, May 30, 2018.

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PARIS - RWE , BP and Total are among the winners in England's first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in more than a decade, the country’s Crown Estate said on Monday.

Britain, already the world's largest offshore wind market, plans to generate a third of its electricity from the technology by 2030 as a part of efforts to reach its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target.

A total of six projects, representing just under 8 gigawatts of capacity were successful, which if built could provide enough electricity to power about 7 million homes, the Crown Estate said.

(Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Edmund Blair) ((susanna.twidale@thomsonreuters.com; +44 207 5424753;))


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