Tom Keighley

£736m wind farm set for Humber coast

Energy firm E.ON has revealed the plans for a £736m wind farm, located off the coast of East Yorkshire.

It will consist of 73 turbines, generating up to 219MW of electricity, enough to power up to 170,000 homes.

The Humber Gateway will be located 8km off the East Yorkshire coast, just north of the mouth of the river Humber.

Work is due to start on the site in March, with construction of the onshore substation, with the overall completion in Spring 2015.

Commenting on the plans, David Cameron, said: “I welcome E.ON’s significant investment, which is a vote of confidence in renewable energy and in the UK market.

“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.”

Dr Tony Cocker, CEO of E.ON UK, 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 the meeting the energy challenges we face.”

The development is part of E.ON’s €7 billion investment programme, spanning the next five years.

Wind, solar and biomass power plants will be developed across Europe, in Sweden, Germany and the UK.

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