UK government approves plans for 1.2GW offshore wind project

UK government approves plans for 1.2GW offshore wind project

ScottishPower Renewables will build a 1.2GW wind project off the Southeast coast of the UK, which could power up to one million homes by 2025 and prove to be the cheapest offshore wind development to date in the UK.

The second phase of the East Anglia Three project, located 69km off the coast of Norfolk, was given planning permission by the UK’s Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark and involves the construction of 172 wind turbines, each with a total length of 247 metres.

Construction is expected to start in 2022, which will create a range of jobs over a period of 30 years.

It is also expected that the second phase of the development will provide even greater value than the first phase, which at £119 per MWh was the cheapest to go into construction thus far.

Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower said: “Our sector has met every technical and political challenge, grown the UK’s supply chain, and improved the technology at a rapid pace to allow projects to be deployed in ever harsher conditions.

“At the same time, the level of cost reductions achieved would more commonly be seen in consumer electronics.”

Costs related to offshore wind development are being continually driven down by greater competition and technological advances, and fell by a third between 2012 and 2016.