ScottishPower gives green light for East Anglia ONE

Thursday, 25 February, 2016 - 09:30
“East Anglia has some of the best conditions anywhere in the world for the development of offshore wind”, says Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia ONE Project Director. (Photo: ScottishPower Renewables)
“East Anglia has some of the best conditions anywhere in the world for the development of offshore wind”, says Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia ONE Project Director. (Photo: ScottishPower Renewables)

ScottishPower Renewables makes its final investment decision for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. When built, the 714 MW project will be one of the largest of the world.

East Anglia ONE will see around 102 wind turbines installed in the southern North Sea, approx. 26 miles off the coast. The overall investment will be in the region of £ 2.5 billion. Construction is planned to commence in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019, and hopes that the project will be fully operational during 2020.

As well as creating up to 3,000 jobs during construction, East Anglia ONE will spend at least 50 % of the total investment in the UK. The project will bring substantial investment to the local economy, including a £ 25 million deal with the Port of Lowestoft to be the home of the wind farm for 30-plus years, during construction and operation phases.

Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia ONE Project Director, comments: “East Anglia ONE will deliver substantial environmental benefits for the UK, it will stimulate considerable UK investment, and it will support thousands of jobs. Offshore wind has proven itself as a technology that works, and the more offshore wind capacity we have in the UK, the more secure our energy supplies will be. ScottishPower Renewables is leading the way with its approach of actively working towards a target of at least 50 % UK supply chain content over the lifetime of the East Anglia ONE project.”

East Anglia ONE is the first of four wind farms ScottishPower Renewables is planning to build off the East coast, demonstrating the company’s long term commitment to East Anglia and its economic prosperity, as the region offers the best opportunity for offshore wind in the UK. The price of 119 £/MWh for East Anglia ONE was secured after a competitive auction process run by the Government, and according to ScottishPower is more than 15 % lower than other offshore wind projects in construction elsewhere in the UK.

Katharina Garus / ScottishPower Renewables
 

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