Reports that energy company EDF chose not to bid for the Olympic Park wind turbine due to a lack of wind on site have been denied.
EDF and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) told NCE that EDF did in fact submit a tender, but the contract was eventually awarded to British firm Ecotricity.
“The contract for the Eton Manor turbine was put out to open tender in 2008,” said an ODA spokesperson. “A number of competitive tenders were received including a tender from EDF.”
It was previously reported in the London Evening Standard that EDF had said it would not be able to sell enough energy from the turbine to justify its £2M start-up costs.
The company was said to have proposed that the turbine be built at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth instead.
“It’s definitely a viable scheme for us. There is enough wind for it to make a contribution.”
The ODA spokesman denied there was insufficient wind at the Olympic Park. “It’s definitely a viable scheme for us,” he said. “We have obviously done modelling for the turbine to make sure it’ll work. There is enough wind for it to make a contribution.”
However, the ODA confirmed that an alternative turbine at Weymouth was proposed. “During the procurement of the Olympic Park wind turbine contract, the suggestion of a wind turbine in Weymouth was put forward by one of the bidders,” said a spokesman.
“However, our turbine plans are focussed on the Olympic Park renewable energy targets so this suggestion was not taken forward any further.”
The turbine will be key in delivering renewable energy to the Olympic Park site, and is expected to account for more than half of the 20% renewable energy target for the Olympic Park in legacy.
EDF’s status as official energy utilities partner withthe London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) does not grant it an automatic right to contracts let by the ODA on the Olympic Park site.