Danish power company Ørsted has secured approval from The Crown Estate in the UK to further the 573MW Race Bank Extension offshore wind farm.
Located off the North Norfolk coast, the wind farm was officially opened this year and is currently being operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby.
Race Bank Extension is a joint venture (JV) project between Ørsted (70%), Green Investment Group (17.5%) and Sumitomo (12.5%).
The proposed project will now be subject to a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), which will be undertaken by The Crown Estate over the next six to nine months in order to assess the possible impact on relevant nature conservation sites of European importance.
Depending on the outcome of the plan level HRA, construction activities for Race Bank Extension are expected to commence after 2020.
Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “Race Bank Extension is a great addition to our pipeline of development projects in the UK. We already have 11 operational UK offshore wind farms, generating enough green electricity to power over three million homes.
“Offshore wind can be the backbone of our energy system and securing another potential project underlines Ørsted’s continued commitment to the UK’s energy transition.
“The current Race Bank project, featuring the first-ever turbine blades to be manufactured in Hull, is already generating enough green electricity for half a million homes, and this extension could add further capacity to our operation on the east coast.”
The project will be located next to the existing wind farm and is expected to generate an additional 573MW of green electricity.
Information about the size and layout of Race Bank Extension including the number and size of turbines will be finalised during the upcoming development period.