Warwick Energy Limited (WEL) was formed in late 2000 as a developer of upstream energy production projects. It is the beneficiary of a substantial base of experience and knowledge with proven success in the core areas of the business - project management, generation/production, resources and risk management. The company has established a successful track record in a number of areas but is now primarily focussed on extending its excellent track record for the development of offshore wind projects.
The management continue to develop a portfolio of assets which form a sound base from which to expand the business activity in the UK and beyond, in full compliance with the comprehensive suite of environmental protection and planning laws.
From the very start WEL identified renewable energy is an important strategic area of development and has achieved a highly successful, and internationally renown, track record in this area. Its first activity was the successful application in late 2000 for the Barrow project under the UK’s first offshore wind leasing Round.
WEL successfully created the 90MW Barrow and this scheme started generation in 2005, the fourth offshore wind project in the UK to reach that milestone. Barrow was the first UK project to include an offshore substation and was also the first to connect to the high voltage transmission system.
In recognition of its pioneering work in the sector the company was given two of the fifteen projects awarded under the UK’s second leasing round in 2004 – the Thanet and Dudgeon schemes.
The 300MW Thanet Offshore Wind farm was designed and developed at speed at was the largest offshore wind project in the World, and the first from the UK Round 2 ‘industrial scale’ projects, when it was fully commissioned in 2010. This development set many new records and marked a major shift change in the global development of the sector.
WEL then developed the Dudgeon Offshore Wind project. This 402MW scheme off the north coast of Norfolk was completed in 2017. It was the first project to use turbines delivered from the then new Siemens facility on the Humber and the first UK project to use a Service Operations Vessel (SOV), permanently positioned offshore, to maintain and service the turbines and offshore substation.