ScottishPower gets nod to lift capacity of EA3 offshore wind farm

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June 10 (Renewables Now) - ScottishPower Renewables has obtained permission to boost the maximum capacity of its East Anglia 3 (EA3) offshore wind farm in Suffolk to 1,400 MW from 1,200 MW, it was announced last week.

The variation to the deemed marine license has been given the green light by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In addition to the change in capacity, the Secretary of State has also approved a request by the developer to cut the number of gravity base foundations that can be deployed at the selected site to 100. It may still use up to 172 fixed-bottom foundations.

The permission does not concern the maximum capacity of the individual wind turbines. As per a 2017 order, ScottishPower Renewables is allowed to build and operate an offshore wind farm around 69 km off the Norfolk coast, consisting of up to 172 turbines totaling up to 1,200 MW. While the original consent included a 12-MW upper limit per turbine, the new order does not set any maximum capacity output for the separate machines. 

The Iberdrola (BME:IBE) subsidiary secured planning approval for the project in the summer of 2017 and then said construction could begin around 2022, aiming to start power generation in 2025.

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