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Saturday 24 March 2018
24 March 2018 - NEWS UPDATE
Renewable Energy

Green light for world's biggest wind farm

The East Anglia One offshore wind farm that is expected to support almost 2,900 jobs and bring over £520 million of investment into the UK’s economy has been given consent from the Government to go ahead.


This is an important milestone for what could be one of the largest wind farms in the world.

Once built, it would be worth £10 million a year to the East Anglian economy and generate enough electricity to power approximately 820,000 homes.
Based off the coast of Suffolk, East Anglia One offshore wind farm could support around 1,800 local jobs and pump over £500 million into the region’s economy.

The decision underlines how the Government’s policies have made the UK the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “East Anglia and the rest of the UK have a lot to gain from this development. The project has the potential to inject millions of pounds into the local and national economies, and support thousands of green jobs.  

“Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial in creating job and business opportunities, getting the best deal for customers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports.”

East Anglia One currently plans to install up to 240 wind turbines, meaning the wind farm would be significantly larger than the current biggest wind farm in the world, the London Array, which is also in the UK.         

The developer is East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited; a joint venture owned 50:50 by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall.

Construction is expected to start in 2017 with the offshore installation beginning in 2018 and generation starting in 2019. 

Bond Dickinson's Planning & Infrastructure Partner Jonathan Bower led the team who advised East Anglia offshore wind farm on assisted by Senior Counsel John Houghton and Associates Claire Rees and Charlotte Coulson on the consenting, and Senior Associates Jenny Thompson and Joanna Beattie-Edwards on the land assembly.

Jonathan said: "We are delighted with DECC's decision to grant consent for the development.  This is currently the world's largest offshore renewable project to have been granted consent and today's success is extremely rewarding to us and the team of East Anglia offshore wind farm with whom we have worked very closely.  

“This is the first of the Crown Estate’s Round 3 projects to be consented and is a mile-stone in the renewables market as another step forward in meeting the Government’s renewables target.  The complexities of the project and our understanding of the energy sector serve to demonstrate the skills that our team has in dealing with nationally significant infrastructure projects”

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