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East Anglia's biggest offshore windfarm powers up for the first time

Construction work on the East Anglia ONE windfarm off the East Anglian coast. Credit: Submitted

The first turbine on the biggest windfarm off the East Anglian coast has started turning and generating green electricity for the first time.

Eventually more than a hundred wind turbines will produce enough renewable energy to power 630,000 homes - enough for 85% of the households in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The £2.5 billion windfarm called East Anglia ONE is 27 miles off the coast of Lowestoft.

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So far 25 turbines have been built and the final total of 102 are due to be completed by 2020.

The turbines consist of three 75-metre (nearly 250 ft) blades and they are being pre-assembled at Great Yarmouth's outer harbour before being transported out to sea.

When constructed the turbines stand 90 metres (300 ft tall) - the height of more than 20 double-decker buses.

One of the 75-metres turbines being lifted at Great Yarmouth harbour. Credit: Submitted

“First power being generated at East Anglia ONE is a huge achievement.

“We are continuing to progress towards completion of the offshore windfarm and reaching this point is down to the incredible efforts of everyone involved, from local contractors and employees through to national and international businesses.

“Once operational, East Anglia ONE will produce clean energy the UK needs, whilst also providing long-term jobs and opportunities to the people and businesses of East Anglia both now and in the future.”

– Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director
The turbines have three 75-metre blades and they are being assembled in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Credit: Submitted

The East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm is a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Green Investment Group.

It is the first of four offshore windfarms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region.

The power generated from the turbines is transferred via underground cables under the seabed from the windfarm to an onshore substation at Burstall, near Bramford in Suffolk.