An­other big North Sea wind farm ap­proved

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A new wind farm to be built in the North Sea has been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment. The East Anglia Three project, de­vel­oped by Scot­tishPower Re­new­ables, was given con­sent by the Busi­ness Sec­re­tary, Greg Clark.

The 117 square mile (305km2) scheme may in­clude up to 172 new tur­bines, pro­duc­ing 1,200 megawatts, enough to power 890,000 homes. The wind farm will be 46 miles off the Suf­folk coast and is one of four be­ing de­vel­oped in the East Anglia Zone, which is con­trolled by the Crown Es­tate.

While the new wind farm will be in the same zone as the East Anglia One wind farm al­ready un­der con­struc­tion, it is a to­tally sep­a­rate project.

In ad­di­tion to the wind tur­bines, the plans in­clude up to two me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal masts, two mon­i­tor­ing buoys, four col­lec­tor sta­tions and an ac­com­mo­da­tion plat­form, as well as ca­bles to the shore and on­shore in­fras­truc­ture.

A spokesman for the com­pany said: ‘Con­sent has been given for up to 172 tur­bines, but the tech­nol­ogy is de­vel­op­ing rapidly and tur­bines are be­com­ing more pow­er­ful, so we may not need to in­stall the full num­ber.’

Scot­tishPower Re­new­ables is al­ready build­ing the East Anglia One wind farm and is de­vel­op­ing plans for East Anglia One North and East Anglia two, although they have not yet reached the con­sul­ta­tion phase.

Emma Pinch­beck, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the UK trade body Re­new­ableUK, said: ‘This huge clean en­ergy project is a great ex­am­ple of how off­shore wind can en­able the Gov­ern­ment’s In­dus­trial Strat­egy. For more on off­shore en­ergy’s im­pact on sailors, see p44.

New tur­bines will be built at sea off Suf­folk

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