ScottishPower Renewables says that it will use next-generation wind turbine technology at its proposed East Anglia Three offshore wind farm.
The firm has received consent from the UK government to develop the project, which would see the installation of up to 172 turbines in an area covering over 300 km2 off the east coast of England.
The 1200 MW wind farm is a key part of the UK’s 11 GW offshore wind pipeline and the receipt of planning consent “will allow for the installation of larger and more efficient ‘next generation’ turbines, up to a tip height of 247 m”, ScottishPower said.
The wind farm site is located 69 km from the Norfolk coast, close to the site of ScottishPower’s 714 MW East Anglia One wind farm. The firm says it will now prepare the East Anglia Three project for entry into the UK’s Contracts for Difference (CFD) auction process.
If it is successful in the CFD auction, ScottishPower says it could start construction in 2022, with operations starting by 2025.