The Crown Estate has confirmed that a landmark deal with Clipper to manufacture the world’s largest wind turbine in the UK has been terminated.
The Crown Estate said the £1.6M investment it had made into the project, which broke ground in February last year, has been returned by Clipper’s parent company UTC. He added that the Crown Estate had no plans to invest in another offshore wind turbine prototype, and would instead work with turbine manufacturers and UK ports to bring turbine suppliers to the UK.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change was also due to give Clipper a grant for the project of £4.4M for manufacturing and delivery of their wind turbine blade plug and blade mould and £2.5M for gearbox systems.
However, a DECC spokesman said only £300,000 had so far been paid to the company.
“Mechanisms are in place whereby any funds paid would be repayable in the event that the project does proceed at a later date,” the spokesman said.