Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Iberdrola SA, the world’s largest wind-farm operator, is seeking U.K. permission to build a 1,200-megawatt project off eastern England with Vattenfall AB.
The East Anglia One project would be the first phase in a wind complex that could generate as much as 7,200 megawatts, Iberdrola said today in an e-mailed statement. The 325 turbines of the initial wind park would supply power to about 770,000 homes, the company said.
The U.K. has installed more offshore wind-power capacity than any other country, and more than half of the European total. The government, seeking to boost clean-energy output as aging power plants are retired, pays subsidies for wind energy at sea as it targets a sixfold increase in capacity to 18,000 megawatts of turbines by 2020.
The East Anglia One farm would create 2,700 jobs during construction, according to Bilbao, Spain-based Iberdrola. If approved, the project will be the company’s “most ambitious” venture, with building work starting in 2016 and first power generation due in 2018.
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