[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] E.ON UK, the company that runs Powergen, announced that it has nominated Vestas as its preferred contractor for the construction of its 60 turbine Robin Rigg, or Solway Firth, offshore wind farm. It is expected that a final contract will be placed with Vestas in June and work on the project, which is expected to cost over GBP 200 million (USD 378 million), could then start in the spring of 2006, with completion in autumn 2007. The wind farm would be located around 9 km from the Scottish coast and 12 km from the Cumbrian coast and has planning consents from the Scottish Executive and the DTI, and has been awarded two Government grants, totalling GBP 18 million (USD 34 million). Robin Rigg would be the first wind farm to be built in Scottish waters, with cabling coming ashore to a substation in Flimby in Cumbria. E.ON UK has stakes in 20 wind farms across the country, is co-firing biomass alongside coal at two of its power stations and owns the largest hydro power station in England and Wales. The entire renewables portfolio is capable of producing enough electricity to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester.