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14 Feb 2011 10:02:29

E.ON's Humber wind farm gains approval

The Department for Energy and Climate and Change (DECC) has granted energy giant E.ON planning approval to build the 230MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm off the coast of Humberside.

The development emerged as Energy Minister Charles Hendry co-chaired the Offshore Wind Developers Forum in London, where wind farm developers discussed how the Government's proposals for reforming the electricity market can help remove barriers to investment.

The wind farm, to be located 8km off the Holderness Coast in the East Riding of Yorkshire, will feature 77 turbines. Construction is expected to start within two years.

E.ON, also a partner in the London Array, which will be the world's largest offshore wind farm when built, was granted onshore planning consent for a new substation on industrial land near Salt End earlier this year. The substation will connect the Humber Gateway wind farm to the national grid via 30km of underground cable.

Once operational, Humber Gateway will be E.ON's fifth offshore wind farm in the UK. The company already owns and operates the UK's first offshore wind farm off the cost of Blyth in Northumberland, Scroby Sands off the coast of Great Yarmouth, and one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms – Robin Rigg – in the Solway Firth.

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