Spanish energy company Iberdrola has started the construction of the 1,400MW East Anglia Three offshore wind farm located off the coast of Norfolk, UK.
The new facility is part of the East Anglia Hub macro-complex, which also includes the East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two developments.
Once complete, the wind farm will supply enough power for 1.3 million British homes.
The initial phase of construction has begun in the county of Suffolk in collaboration with Siemens. This phase focuses on the installation of the onshore substation that will connect the park to the national grid, as well as establishing the associated cable route.
East Anglia Three fast facts
• The farm will cover an area of up to 305 square kilometres.
• More than a hundred new generation wind turbines will be installed, which will each be up to 247 metres high.
• Project infrastructure will include four offshore substations, an offshore platform to house the operations accommodation and four submarine cables for exporting the energy produced by the wind farm.
• The construction of the East Anglia hub is expected to create up to 7,000 jobs.
Together with ScottishPower, Iberdrola currently operates the 714MW East Anglia One wind farm, which produces power for 630,000 British homes.
East Anglia Three will be the company’s seventh offshore wind farm in operation, coupled with three other large offshore facilities under construction; including the 500MW project in Saint-Brieuc, France, the 806MW Vineyard Wind 1 farm off the coast of the state of Massachusetts, and the 476MW Baltic Eagle farm in Germany.