News item | 2014-06-17 | 16:00 PM

Green light for East Anglia ONE

The first of six wind power development phases in the East Anglia Zone, East Anglia ONE, has gained consent from the UK Government. The scheme is scheduled to start construction in 2017 with first power in 2019. The first phase of the gigantic off-shore wind farm will have an installed capacity of 1.2 GW from 325 wind turbines.

The East Anglia Zone is located off the coast of East Anglia, an area in the east of Britain. At its closest point it is 14 km from the coast.

The development of the zone is a 50/50 joint venture between Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall. In all, the companies aim at installing 7.2 GW of wind power in the area. Both shareholders now search for investment partners.

"East Anglia ONE is probably the largest consented wind farm in Europe," says Piers Guy, Country Manager for the UK. "Whilst the UK is regularly breaking these records as the industry grows, we can take genuine pride in winning the support of the UK Government for this project. The East Anglia ONE team has remained focused on success, and used great skill, despite the challenges the industry faces. As a consequence we have a major asset in the consent for this scheme."

As the consent decision was announced,17 June, Vattenfall and Scottish Power Renewables are now conducting Public Information Days on the next project phase, East Anglia THREE, across the region.

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