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Project update
01-10-2010

John Gummer to Chair Forewind Ltd.

Forewind, development partner for the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm zone, has today announced the appointment of Lord Deben, as its Chairman.


Forewind is a consortium comprising four leading international energy companies – SSE, RWE, Statoil and Statkraft - which joined forces to bid for Zone Development Agreements as part of The Crown Estate’s third licence round for UK offshore wind farms (Round 3). As development partner for the largest zone, Dogger Bank, the organisation is committed to securing all the necessary consents required for the construction and development of Dogger Bank.

The Rt Hon. John Gummer served for 16 years as a British government minister, culminating as Secretary of State for the Environment. His experience as an international negotiator has earned him worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists.

John went into government from business, where he had first been a publisher and then chairman of a medium-sized public company, specialising in distribution and communication resources.  Since leaving government he has returned to his business roots, advising companies on the full range of corporate responsibility issues. He is also chair of Veolia Water UK and Valpak Ltd.

Forewind General Manager, Lee Clarke says, “I’m delighted that Lord Deben is joining Forewind as Chairman. His experience in both the business and political arenas will provide invaluable guidance to the consortium as we negotiate our way through the consenting of Dogger Bank.”

Lord Deben says, “I am delighted to be able to take part in this exciting development of wind energy and to work with four such distinguished partners in the drive for sustainable energy.”

 

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Contact details: Initial media contact, Forewind PR & Communications, Sue Vincent on E: sue.vincent@forewind.co.uk or M: +44 7768508742. 

About John Gummer, Lord Deben

John Gummer, Lord Deben, served for 16 years as a British minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Employment Minister, Paymaster General, Minister for London and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before moving in 1992 to the Department of the Environment.

Prior to his ministerial career John was a successful businessman and chairman of a medium-sized PLC. In consecutive years, the BBC awarded him the title “Parliamentarian who did most for the Environment Internationally”, while the NGO community called him “the best Environment Secretary we have ever had”. Since leaving office, John has chaired the Quality of Life report for David Cameron and is also Chairman of: The Sancroft Group, the Association of Independent Financial Advisors (AIFA), Veolia Water UK, and Valpak Ltd.

He stepped down as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Suffolk Coastal in May 2010 and was raised to the peerage as Lord Deben, in June 2010.

About Forewind

Forewind is a consortium comprising four leading international energy companies (SSE, RWE, Statoil and Statkraft), committed to securing all the necessary consents required for the construction and development of Dogger Bank. Forewind has agreed with The Crown Estate a target installed capacity of 9GW, though the zone has a potential for approximately 13GW, which equates to around 10 per cent of total UK electricity requirements. If developed it is likely to be the world’s largest offshore wind project. For more about Forewind, please visit http://www.forewind.co.uk.

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