Energy giant E.ON has today submitted a planning application for a £700m offshore wind farm located over 8km off the east Yorkshire coast.
If built, the 300MW Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm – which would generate enough electricity to power up to 195,000 homes – will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in UK waters.
The application is the first for an offshore wind farm since business secretary John Hutton’s call for more than 33GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2020.
E.ON is submitting the planning application despite recent objections by the Ministry of Defence to the wind farm. The MoD did not raise an objection when it was initially consulted about the project in 2004.
‘We’re speaking to both the MoD and Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and we’re confident that we can find a way forward that is acceptable to all stakeholders,’ said Dr Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON UK.
‘We’re currently in a race to replace up to a third of the UK’s generation, which will be phased out over the next 15 years and so it’s vitally important that the government deliver a clear framework that will allow us to develop projects like Humber Gateway.’