The UK government has given the go-ahead for two offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 1 GW.

Both projects will be off Norfolk on the east coast of England and together represent investment of around £3bn.

Race Bank will be a 580 MW wind farm operated by Centrica (LSE: CNA), while the 560 MW Dudgeon site will be run by Warwick Energy.

Approval for the two projects means that 6.6 GW of offshore wind power is now either operational, under construction or consented in the UK.

Another application from Centrica for a wind farm at Docking Shoal, also off Norfolk, was refused because of the potential impact on seabirds in the area.

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry said the approval for the wind farms illustrated how Britain was “racing ahead of the global field” in wind power production.

“These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too,” he added.

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