UK approves the World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm
Posted on: 09/07/2014

The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved plans made by Scottish Power Renewables and Sweden’s Vattenfall to build the “East Anglia One” offshore wind farm, which upon completion will be the largest renewable energy facility in the world.

Located within the offshore Thames shipping area, some 40 kms off the UK Suffolk coast, the East Anglia One offshore wind farm is expected to deliver nearly twice the total power capacity of the world’s current largest offshore wind farm (the London Array). The approval for these 240 new turbines will deliver over 1,200 megawatts, enough power for around 820,000 households.

Power generated by the wind farm will be transferred to land by four large seabed export cables, each measuring around 73 kms in length. A network of onshore underground cables will then transfer the electricity from the landfall hub to a local onshore converter station, feeding into the National Grid.

The project will generate major employment and economic benefits for the region, creating up to 3000 new jobs for Engineers, Technicians, and project support personnel. The knock on effect of over £500 million pounds of investment being injected into the East Anglia area will also add a positive boost to many other local service sectors such as hotel & catering.

The project will be a 50/50 joint venture between Scottish Power and Vattenfall is scheduled to commence in 2017 with power generation expected to begin in the first half of 2019.

Ed Davey, DECC Secretary said “East Anglia and the rest of the UK have a lot to gain from this development, with potential to inject millions into the local and national economies and support thousands of green jobs.”

The approval comes as UK government is pushing hard to support the development and usage of renewable energy, having set targets to deliver 15% of national electricity generation from sustainable power sources by 2020.

The UK is currently a global hot bed of offshore wind farm activity as the government continues to proactively support the development of the sector offering incentives and backing in line with its own interests. This has given industry experts confidence to predict that the Offshore Wind & Renewable Energy sector is set to more than treble in size over the next 5 years.

Blueprint Recruitment are currently experiencing exceptional demand for engineers and technicians at all levels.

With many of the world’s most interesting Engineering projects either being designed, engineered or executed from the UK, the demand for these skills is only set to rise.

If you are looking for your next career move within the Renewable Energy, Subsea, Oil & Gas or Nuclear sectors or would like to discuss the job market in general then please call us on 02392 603030 for a chat in confidence.

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