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Tue Aug 16, 2016, 07:09 PM

UK: Second phase of world's biggest offshore windfarm gets go-ahead

Josh Halliday, North of England correspondent
UK Guardian Tuesday 16 August 2016

Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the Yorkshire coast are to be expanded to an area five times the size of Hull after being approved by ministers.

The multibillion-pound Hornsea Project Two would see 300 turbines – each taller than the Gherkin – span more than 480 sq km in the North Sea.

An offshore windfarm in the North Sea. Dong Energy has pledged to invest £6bn in the UK. Photograph: John Lawson/FlickrVision

Fifty-five miles off the coast of Grimsby, the project by Denmark’s Dong Energy is expected to deliver 1,800MW of low-CO2 electricity to 1.8m UK homes...snip

...Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said: “The UK’s offshore wind industry has grown at an extraordinary rate over the last few years, and is a fundamental part of our plans to build a clean, affordable, secure energy system. Britain is a global leader in offshore wind, and we are determined to be one of the leading destinations for investment in renewable energy, which means jobs and economic growth right across the country.” ...snip

...The government approval comes amid uncertainty over the future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project after Theresa May delayed signing off the new £18bn power plant last month. The crown estate – still legally owned by the Queen – said this weekend that offshore windfarms will be on course to meet 10% of the UK’s electricity by 2020. Hinkley Point C, the organisation pointed out, was not expected to be constructed until the mid-2020s and even then would produce only 7% of the country’s power...snip
Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/16/hornsea-project-two-windfarm-second-phase-grimsby

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