Plans to build the world's largest wind farm off the Yorkshire coast have been given the green light by the Government.
When completed, the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will be more than double the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore windfarm, comprising of two 200-turbine plots located across an 500 square km area.
The relatively shallow, 30m deep seabed around 130km from the coast is expected to offer prime conditions to lay foundations and construct turbines.
The development, which is estimated to cost between £6billion and £8billion, will become one of the UK’s largest power generators – second to the Drax coal-fired station in North Yorkshire - and its biggest source of renewable energy.
The Government hopes it will power nearly 2 million homes, fulfil 2.5 percent of Britain's electricity needs and support 900 jobs.
When completed, Dogger Bank could create up to 4,750 new direct and indirect full time equivalent jobs, and generate more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy according to Forewind, the consortium behind the project.
Source: The Independent