ScottishPower Renewables, a part of the Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola, has secured planning consent from the UK government to build the East Anglia Three offshore wind farm, with an installed capacity of up to 1.2GW.
With the approval of the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the company can built this renewable energy megaproject in British waters.
The new offshore wind farm will be part of the 714 MW project dubbed East Anglia which was developed by Iberdrola in the same area. Together with the new project, the new East Anglia wind farm will reach a power capacity of 2GW.
Located at a distance of 69 km from the coast of Norfolk, East Anglia THREE offshore windfarm, which will cover an area of up to 305 km2, will feature up to 172 ‘next generation’ wind turbines.
At full capacity, the windfarm is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual demand of almost one million homes.
Construction work is expected to commence in 2022 while electricity production is scheduled to begin in 2025.
ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson said: “Offshore wind has delivered on its promises from the outset. 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.
"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.”
Now, ScottishPower Renewables will start work on preparing the project for the next phase.