Plans to extend the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm in the Liverpool Bay of northwest England has been granted development consent.
DONG Energy’s extension project will include up to 69 turbines and have an estimated generating capacity of around 250MW. That’s enough electricity to power 170,000 UK homes.
It will be located adjacent to the company’s operating 90MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm which started operating in 2007.
Simon Ridley, Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive said it is a “significant” project for the offshore wind energy sector.
Onshore construction is scheduled to start in November while offshore work will follow in early 2016. First power is expected in 2017.