E.ON has unveiled plans for a 73 turbine 219MW array in the north of England.
The Humber Gateway project will be built 8km off the East Yorkshire coast, just north of the mouth of the river Humber.
Further works at the site will begin in March, after E.ON announced the plans last week, with construction of the onshore substation the plan is to complete the scheme in spring 2015.
Prime minister, David Cameron, said: “It will create a thousand jobs in the next few years, spearhead development of the UK’s fast growing offshore wind supply chain and strengthen links between the UK and Germany in renewables and grid.”
E.ON UK chief executive, Dr Tony Cocker, said: “This isn’t just an important announcement for E.ON, but is also a significant announcement for the UK.
“Increasing the proportion of electricity we generate from low carbon, renewable sources is a vital part of meeting the energy challenges we all face.”
This announcement forms part of a €2bn investment programme in offshore wind, encompassing Humber Gateway (219 MW) off the coast of the UK, Amrumbank (288 MW) off the coast of Germany and Kårehamn (48MW) off the coast of Sweden.
Amrumbank will be E.ON’s first commercial offshore wind farm in Germany and will use Siemens 3.6 MW turbines. Humber Gateway and Kårehamn will use new Vestas V112 3.0MW turbines.
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