Graphic: Jobs boom forecast as green light is given for giant offshore wind farm off the coast of Lowestoft

Energy and Climate Change secretary Ed Davey Energy and Climate Change secretary Ed Davey

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
4:34 PM

Ministers have today given the green light to the East Anglia One offshore wind farm - expected to be one of the largest in the world - which is expected to support almost 2,900 jobs and bring investment of more than £520m into the UK economy.

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Based off the coast of Suffolk, East Anglia One, a joint venture owned equally by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, could support around 1,800 local jobs and pump more than £500m into the region’s economy

Construction is expected to start in 2017 with the offshore installation commencing in 2018, with the developer estimating that generation will start in 2019.

East Anglia One currently plans to install up to 240 wind turbines, meaning the wind farm would be significantly larger than the current biggest wind farm in the world, the London Array, which is also in the UK.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “This is the largest renewable energy project ever to receive planning consent in England and Wales, and it is a significant achievement to see our plans approved, and an important step forward towards a final investment decision. Our project team has spent more than three years planning the details of this project, and consulting widely with communities and stakeholders across the East Anglia region.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “East Anglia and the rest of the UK have a lot to gain from this development. The project has the potential to inject millions of pounds into the local and national economies, and support thousands of green jobs. Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial in creating job and business opportunities, getting the best deal for customers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports.”

19 comments

  • ingo wagenknecht makes some excellent points here, with greater clarity than I achieved in my initial post. We need green energy, but have not been prepared to take it on properly as a nation and so the innovation, investment and profits will be left to others, while Lowestoft provides the hotel accommodation and lap dancers. The reference to the Chinese involvement in building nuclear power stations in the UK is particularly topical. The Chinese government are desperate to gain respectability with installations in a 'developed' country like the UK, and Cameron can't wait to let them loose. Mick Castle is correct in that youngsters should be encouraged to apply for apprenticeships and read engineering at University, but he should know that the quality of life in Lowestoft is unlikely to encourage graduates to return to their home area.

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    point du jour

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Mick Castle. "The bulk of these jobs can - and will - be done by local workers" Prove it, just like you proved the thousands of jobs for the outer disaster (not). "There is ample lead-in time for employers, colleges and training providers to ensure that this is the case." Really. Not when all Yarmouth college is interested in is hairdressing, social work and care, hospitality and anything to do with the seafront. "There are more big contracts to come though" Is there. Can you prove it ?. Myself being in the offshore industry and have been for many many years, I can tell you differently. You talk typical councillor speak, trying to pull the wool over peoples eyes, and being totally out of touch. The people of Yarmouth have had enough of all the councillor lies and deciete which is why UKIP got all those seats on the council leaving Labour and the Tories running scared for their cushy little numbers.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Vic Sponge, its not the EU that is forcing these projects on us, its rich foreign and domerstic investors who are supping on our taxes for the next 25 years. We could have equally exploited the constant underwater currents scouring the eastern coast. But Dave has gone to bed with Chinese providers of cheap railways and nuclear power stations, totally ignoring the need for our estuaries to be safeguarded. With one Wash barrier, we could provide more tidal power than two dangerous PWR nuclear power stations. Fukushima is still alight and thyroid cancers in Japanese children is now at 48%. We could solve our energy needs for the next 150 years without leaving dangerous legacies for our children, windpower is not the only option.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Far from shouting at voters and their language Mick Castle has got not very much to say regards his record in Gt. Yarmouth. When a councillor he failed to install a fast ferry service, Gt. Yarmouth cllrs. could not ensure that the outer harbour was fit for business, designing it wrongly, and the ferry service, not to speak of the 1000 jobs never materialised. We still need this ferry and he best sit down and ensure this time that enough space is left between windfarms for legitamite shipping trade and passenger services to deliver goods and tourists to Norfolk. This mornings debate as to how we attarct more people is clearly at his door. get a ferry service and start promoiting Norfolk abroad. His claim that most of the jobs will be done by locals ring hollow when he so clearly failed at promoting recycling.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • What I find disgraceful Mr Castle is the fact that 25% of our elected councillors can't get on 1% of the coucils outside bodies.

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    ThePresence

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Some of the comments here are a disgrace - and damage the image and standing of Yarmouth and Lowestoft in the public consciousness. Of course these Energy jobs are good news. The bulk of these jobs can - and will - be done by local workers. There is ample lead-in time for employers, colleges and training providers to ensure that this is the case. There are more big contracts to come though - we are going to need to "up our game" in terms of encouraging our youngsters to take up apprenticeships, engineering degrees and so on.

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    Mick Castle

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Come on then TJ. Tell us where all the regeneration money has gone, the council has been stealing all these years ?. Also tell us why the council has become the only one in the country to get rid of the council house waiting list, as they want to help "people in need". We all know who they are, dont we and stuff the locals. The locals have been fed cr*p from the likes of Castle and the concil (regardless of political leaning) for years. The classic one is how many jobs the outer disaster was supposed to bring. How many has it brought then TJ ?. Answer on a stamp please. What have foreigners brought us then, apart from employment from the otherwise unemployable ?

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Come on then TJ. Tell us what has happened to all this regeneration money this town has stolen for all these years ?. Why are there god knows how many do gooder groups (including the one that demanded that they wanted the old drill hall for foreigners), helping foreigners?. People may be "trying to make a difference" but are failing dismally. How many foreigners have decent housing and answer this. Why has the council got rid of the council house waiting list ?. The only council in the country to do so.?. They said it was to help those in need. We all kno3w who they are dont we. It is to hide the fact that foreigners take presedence over the local people when it comes to housing.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • I am more than pleased to speak up (if no one else will.) These new Energy jobs can and will be largely taken up by Yarmouth and Lowestoft people. There is ample lead in time for employers, colleges and training providers to make sure local workers are skilled up. We will need however to step up the take up of apprenticeships and Engineering degree courses because there are many more job opportunities coming this way. This is just the beginning of a boom in Energy jobs.

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    Mick Castle

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Usual negative nonsense from the utter dross that "lives" in the Gt Yarmouth underworld, lounging around in their grey trackie bottoms, watching Jeremy Kyle and believing UKIP propaganda about migrant workers who are on the whole 10 times the people the likes of V are. Keep on knocking your town and the efforts of those who are trying to make a difference and comfort yourselves that your continuous moaning falls on deaf ears, and only serves to support the views of the rest of you ignorant bigots.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Unfortunately the case with these stories is that the only people who benefit are the B & B's that support the workers that come in to carry out the work. Remember that this type of work is specialist and to train up local people for a single project would be stupid. The only reason to state the headlines of jobs is so that they fulfill government requirements for creating employment, which will not happen, it's not negativity, just the plain cold facts.

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    Billy_bull5hit

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Castle can't comment 'V'. He's crawled back under his stone.

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Vic. Lets use an example to which Castle had a hand in. Where are all the thousands of jobs promised for the outer disaster then Castle ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Why not Mick Castle? We have heard of these 'Pie in the Sky' predictions about the jobs and boost to the local commonly, but we rarely notice any difference except us bunging out in our bills to subsidise these projects and all because the EU is forcing them on us.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Is it only possible to log negative comments on this news story?

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    Mick Castle

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • This is great news - and a lot of these jobs can be done by local people in Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Colleges, employers and training providers have the time to deliver those skills.

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    Mick Castle

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • V your point is well made. I don`t think there will be too many applications from local people for these jobs do you? You can`t blame these companies using their own people can you. The Benefits Britain programme was hardly a good advert for the town. But then, the truth always hurt doesn`t it.

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    BG

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Like pdj says Vattenfall and SPR will be using their own people to build this, with maybe a few crumbs thrown to the locals for good measure. When this happpens no doubt the EDP will class it as a E Anglia is bucking the trend headline. OFF TOPIC. Did anyone see the Benefits Britian programme last night about benefit claimants in Yarmouth ?. A real eye opener about how many migrants went to Yarmouth during 2013. All kept very quiet by the wonderful council. Why hasnt the EDP picked up on this one then ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Could support 1800 local jobs? Let's hope that there are enough local people qualified to do them. It is interesting that 100% of Vattenfall (£5.7billion operating profit in 2013) is owned by the Swedish state. ScottishPower Renewables is part of Iberdrola, a Spanish multi-national. Not a lot of UK interest in this then.

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    point du jour

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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