The UK Government has granted planning approval for Vattenfall’s 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm located off England’s east coast.

The facility will have the capacity to generate enough clean energy to power almost two million UK homes while offsetting three million tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

It is part of the company’s proposed ‘Norfolk Zone’, a portfolio of wind assets located offshore from Norfolk.

Vattenfall Wind Business Area head Helene Bistrom said: “This is great news not only for Vattenfall, but for the whole offshore wind sector in the UK and the fight against climate change.

“Vattenfall’s Norfolk Zone will use the most advanced offshore technology available and is central to our strategy of maximising the benefits of offshore wind in our core markets.

“We now look forward to receiving consent for Norfolk Vanguard and proceeding with development of these two iconic projects.”

Vattenfall said that the Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm will be developed alongside the Norfolk Vanguard project, which is waiting for its own consent decision, in the Norfolk Zone.

The Norfolk Zone has 3.6GW of installed capacity and is part of the industry’s goal to create 70,000 jobs by 2026.

It will cover a 1,307km² area and be equipped with around 180 to 312 wind turbines.

In February this year, Vattenfall chose Aker Solutions, in a consortium with Siemens Energy, as the preferred bidder for the Norfolk Boreas and Vanguard projects.

In a separate development, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced the opening of the fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme.

Under the scheme, £285m ($377m) will be made available each year for developing green energy projects in the country.

The scheme’s fourth round aims to secure 12GW of electricity capacity.