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Clark approves East Anglia offshore wind farm

Words: Laura Edgar
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Energy secretary Greg Clark has granted development consent to the East Anglia THREE offshore wind farm given the ‘national need’ for such a development.

The development consent order will see ScottishPower Renewables build up to 172 wind turbines 46 miles off the coast of East Anglia. Turbines will reach up to 247 metres to the tip.

It will have an output capacity of up to 1,200 mega watts (MW) and could produce enough electricity to power the annual demands of nearly one million homes, according to the developer.

The East Anglia THREE project is one of four the firm wants to develop off the East Anglia coast and the second to receive planning permission. East Anglia ONE is underway and pre-construction work is taking place.

ScottishPower Renewables has said this next generation technology will help to ensure that offshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon electricity.

As well as the turbines, the development also includes two meteorological masts; a network of inter-array sub-sea cables; underground electrical connections and six offshore electrical stations.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: "With the support of a highly-skilled supply chain, East Anglia THREE will further enhance the UK’s leading position in offshore wind. No other sector ticks all of the boxes in its ability to support the Government’s plans for rebalancing the economy and promoting economic diversity through the industrial strategy.”

Emma Pinchbeck, executive director at RenewableUK, said the approval is a “vote of confidence” for of the offshore wind sector.

“This huge clean energy project is a great example of how offshore wind can enable the government’s industrial strategy. The project is expected to create thousands of skilled jobs throughout its 30-year lifetime. Not only will the wind farm use the latest, innovative turbines, but it will also provide a massive boost for local businesses to grow.”

The consent order and full supporting documents can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

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