Wragges, Masons act on major windfarm projects

Wragge & Co is attempting to help push ahead Powergen Renewables' plan to build a major windfarm in Norfolk after the project was postponed for a year over disagreements with contractors on price.
The 37-wind turbine farm, which will be located offshore at Scroby Sands near Great Yarmouth, was due for completion by the end of 2003. However, it is understood that Powergen Renewables, a joint venture between Powergen and Abbot Group, has delayed the project after failing to agree a price over the buildout of the 300 ft-high turbines.
The project is set to cost around £75m and last week Powergen Renewables was awarded a £10m grant from the Government.
Masons has also been involved in the development of natural energy since its client National Wind Power was granted a £10m grant to help with the construction of an offshore farm in North Wales. Both firms are grappling with issues surrounding the sites' establishments, such as planning, a process that the Department of Trade and Industry has been attempting to rationalise for some time.
Issues include the Crown Estate's ownership of around 55 per cent of the UK's foreshore, together with the majority of the seabed out to a 12-mile limit.
Roger Seshan, a senior associate at Masons, led the team acting for its long-time client National Wind Power. Wragges declined to comment on the deal due to client confidentiality.