A new offshore wind farm will be in need of emergency response plans after being granted planning permission by the UK government this week according to The Engineer.
Business secretary Greg Clark gave consent to the plan which is thought will produce 1200 megawatts. This will be achieved by 172 turbines spread across 305 square kilometres off the coast of Great Yarmouth. East Anglia THREE is one of four projects being developed by ScottishPower Renewables, which will provide power to towns and cities across the UK.
In recent history, the price of producing wind energy has tumbled to around £119 megawatts per hour, something that Scottish Renewables boss Keith Anderson strengthens the position for more wind farm projects in the UK.
“Offshore wind has delivered on its promises from the outset. Our sector has met every technical and political challenge, grown the UK’s supply chain, and improved the technology at a rapid pace to allow projects to be deployed in ever harsher conditions,” he said.
Of course, the infrastructure required isn't just limited to the turbines themselves. This project will require four offshore collector stations, as well as two offshore converter station platforms. Extra to this, an offshore platform to house staff will be required, each requiring emergency response plans.
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