Minister for Energy, Brian Wilson today granted consent for a 76 MW offshore wind farm to be built at Middle Scroby Sands some 2.5km off the coast of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.
According to a DTI statement, the development, to be undertaken by Powergen Renewables Offshore Wind Ltd, will be the single largest offshore wind farm in the UK.
The wind farm will consist of up to 38 wind turbines and should provide enough electricity for 52,000 homes. Work on the development is scheduled to begin next winter for completion by the summer of 2003.
‘This development marks a significant step forward for the wind industry,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘It is the first offshore wind farm development to be approved from the 18 potential sites identified by developers who successfully pre-qualified last year for Crown Estate seabed leases.
‘Offshore wind in the UK can make a major contribution to climate change objectives, to secure electricity supplies, and to our economic well being through job creation and exports.’