Cottingham central to wind farm plans

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A massive wind farm promises to create thousands of jobs in and around East Yorkshire.

The Government has given the green light for what is thought to be among the world’s biggest offshore wind farms – with the East Riding village of Cottingham central to the plans.

The proposed Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B project is expected to generate electricity amounting to a maximum 2,400 MW. This is sufficient to sustain almost 2 million households’ energy requirements.

The wind turbines will be situated 125km (77 miles) off the coast of Yorkshire.

The 400 machines would link to a substation currently in use at Cottingham’s Creyke Beck.

Work should begin on the project in 2019. Forewind, which has invested £60 million on the planning/surveying stage, said the farm could directly and indirectly create 4,000-5,000 jobs.

Ed Davey, the Government official with responsibilities for climate change and energy, said the number of jobs supported by the scheme is likely to run into hundreds.

He said that wind energy plays a key role in reducing the UK’s reliance upon overseas imports. The Government has funded the industry, which has a 35,400-strong workforce, by £14.5 billion over the past five years, he added.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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  • Kevin Marshall

    What’s it got to do with Rooney ? 😕

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