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Greenlight for world's biggest wind farm off Suffolk coast

Wind farm plan

The greenlight has been given to build the world's biggest offshore wind farm.

The East Anglia ONE project will be built off the Suffolk coast and will cost around £2.5 billion with work due to get underway next year.

ScottishPower Renewables say it will create up to 3,000 jobs during construction and they claim it'll generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes or the majority of the households in Suffolk and Norfolk.

The project includes investing £25m deal with the Port of Lowestoft to be the home of the windfarm for 30 plus years, during construction and operation phases.

“Offshore wind has proven itself as a technology that works, and the more offshore wind capacity we have in the UK, the more secure our energy supplies will be. East Anglia has some of the best conditions anywhere in the world for the development of offshore wind, and we are fully committed to the region, with future developments already in the pipeline."

– Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia ONE project director

The project in numbers

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Number of turbines to be built in the North Sea.
500,000
The number of homes which could be powered by the scheme.
85km
Length of the cables linking the turbines to shore
197m
Height of the turbines - that's 7m taller than the BT Telecom tower.

Jonathan Cole rom Scottish Power Renewables speaks to Jonathan Wills about what the project could mean for the region.