Energy ministers in the U.K. dedicated the 504 MW Greater Gabbard wind farm. The offshore wind energy project, located off the coast of Suffolk, has 140 wind turbines, and will double in size once the Galloper wind farm extension is completed in 2017.
The project has a price tag of about $2 billion and can generate enough clean electricity to power over half a million average U.K. homes.
Three, 28-mile long cables, called export cables, link the power generated by the wind farm to the shore. The wind farm links into the greater transmission grid at Sizewell, Suffolk.
Offshore wind has the potential to provide enough clean power for 11 million homes in the U.K. by the end of this decade, creating 30,000 jobs and contributing $10.8 billion to the economy.
The principle contractor for the project is Fluor. Fluor is constructing the balance of plant, including the installation of the wind turbines for the project.