E.ON announces £736m plan for Humber Gateway offshore wind farm
Construction due to be completed by Spring 2015
E.ON has today unveiled that its Humber Gateway wind farm, located off the East Yorkshire coast, will consist of a 73 turbine array that will generate up to 219MW of electricity, enough energy to power up to 170,000 homes.
Dr. Tony Cocker, CEO of E.ON UK, said: "This isn't just an important announcement for E.ON, but is also a significant announcement for the UK. Increasing the proportion of electricity we generate from low carbon, renewable sources is a vital part of meeting the energy challenges we all face."
Prime Minister, David Cameron, said: "I welcome E.ON's significant investment, which is a vote of confidence in renewable energy and in the UK market. It will create a thousand jobs in the next few years, spearhead development of the UK's fast growing offshore wind supply chain and strengthen links between the UK and Germany in renewables and grid."
Humber Gateway will be located 8km off the East Yorkshire coast, just north of the mouth of the river Humber. Further works at the site will begin in March with construction of the onshore substation, with a view to completing the project in Spring 2015.
The project aims to create up to 1,000 jobs during construction and a further 30 roles to operate and maintain the wind farm when it is operational.
E.ON is committed to growing its offshore wind fleet across Europe and this announcement forms part of a €2 billion investment programme in offshore wind, encompassing Humber Gateway (219 MW) off the coast of the UK, Amrumbank (288 MW) off the coast of Germany and Kårehamn (48MW) off the coast of Sweden.
Amrumbank will be E.ON's first commercial offshore wind farm in Germany and will use Siemens 3.6 MW turbines. Humber Gateway and Kårehamn will use new Vestas V112 3.0MW turbines.
These offshore projects are part of a €7 billion investment programme over the next five years, where E.ON will be creating industrial-scale wind, solar and biomass power plants.
E.ON is committed to being a leading player in the offshore wind industry. It already owns and operates three offshore wind farms in UK waters. The UK's first offshore wind farm near Blyth in Northumberland, Scroby Sands off the coast of Great Yarmouth and Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth.
E.ON is currently carrying out detailed environmental studies on its proposed Rampion site off the Sussex Coast and is also a partner in the London Array, which will be the world's largest offshore wind farm when complete.
Notes to editors:
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
- E.ON supplies power and gas to over 5 million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers across the country. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even to generate their own power through microgeneration systems such as ground source heat pumps and solar panels for both homes and businesses;
- The generation business produces enough electricity to cater for the needs of around eight million homes from a portfolio of world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations;
- We're a market leader in UK combined heat and power (CHP) with 12 sites supplying over 500MW of electricity and in excess of 900MW of heat;
- We're one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cambridgeshire to Kintyre;
- We recently launched our first wave power generator, which is the first in UK waters and which is capable of generating 750kW of renewable energy;
- We have 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development in the UK;
- We are investing £50 million in new technologies and approaches over 10 years, through the Energy Technologies Institute;
- We have Biodiversity Action Plans at many of our sites which align us with the UK target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss;
- E.ON Group aims to invest up to €7bn on renewable generation and carbon sourcing activities in the next five years;
- E.ON Group has around 8GW of renewable generation capacity worldwide including large hydro.
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