Work begins on East Anglia ONE offshore wind park

East Anglia project map. Credit: ScottishPower Renewables

Over the weekend, DEME Offshore began work on East Anglia ONE, a 714MW offshore wind farm off the Southern part of the British Isles.

Located 43 km off Suffolk, East Anglia ONE will ultimately comprise 102 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines, representing an investment of £2.5bn by owner and developer ScottishPower Renewables.

Turbine installation is slated for completion in spring 2020. As well as the landmark installation of the first turbine, some 20% of cabling at the East Anglia ONE site was completed by mid-may, as well as 50 jacket foundations.

Scottish Power is further working on securing planning permission for East Anglia TWO, with consent for East Anglia Three already having been given.

Amid criticisms that the booming offshore wind segment has not brought the domestic job growth that was promised, the government today established a £100 million fund to help UK firms capitalise on offshore wind, which is anticipated to be worth £30 billion annually by 2030.