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ScottishPower seeks approval for 1.2GW East Anglia Three offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 November 2015

ScottishPower Renewables has submitted plans for new 1.2GW East Anglia Three offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.

Scottis Renewables

The submission is concurrent to UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement to fund offshore wind in the country.

Rudd said: "On current plans we expect to see 10GW of offshore wind installed by 2020."

The National Infrastructure team within the Planning Inspectorate will consider the planning application and if approved onshore construction on the project would begin in 2021, with offshore work starting in 2022 and first power generation achieved in 2023.

During the construction phase, the offshore wind farm is anticipated to create close to 4,800 jobs in the UK, in addition to contributing over £400m to the nation's economy.

ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson said: "Our East Anglia One project was successful in the last government auction with a price of £119/MWh, which will make it the best value offshore windfarm ever developed in the UK. But we want to see costs come down even further. Our entire industry wants to get to a place where subsidy is not required, and significant progress is being made to deliver this in the near future.

The company is already developing the £2bn East Anglia One offshore windfarm with a capacity of up to 714MW.

"The offshore wind industry in the UK now benefits from more powerful and more efficient turbines. We have better vessels, more experience of working offshore, a healthier supply chain, a growing engineering skills base, increased capability to export our products and expertise around the globe, as well as ever increasing investment in UK infrastructure. All of these factors mean that costs are reducing quickly, and large projects are achievable."

The East Anglia Three project will comprise upto 172 wind turbines and is expected to generate clean electricity that will be enough to power more than 850,000 homes.

It will include upto six offshore electrical platforms and their foundations to collect the electricity from the turbines and transform it to a form suitable for transfer to shore.

The electricity generated at the project will be transferred via 664km long seabed export cable network.

The East Anglia Three was initially a 50:50 joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall.

In August this year, the companies agreed to independently develop offshore windfarm projects within the East Anglia Zone with a total capacity of around 7.2GW.

Image: The East Anglia Three project will generate clean electricity that will be enough to power more than 850,000 homes. Photo: courtesy of xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.