Centrica, British Gas’s parent company, has made a major investment in an offshore wind farm at its Lynn and Inner Dowsing site in the Greater Wash, 3 miles off the Linconshire coast, marking the start of construction on the largest offshore wind farm in the UK.
Work on the offshore site is expected to start in the spring of this year, with a scheduled completion date of late 2008. The wind farm has the potential to supply clean energy to around 130, 000 homes, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 500,000 tonnes each year.
The construction of this project comes shortly after the announcement of the world’s first dual energy scheme, an offshore wind and gas facility near the coast of Morcambe Bay, which will consist of 30 turbines and bring energy to 70,000 homes.
British Gas already has the lowest carbon intensity of all major energy suppliers, and hopes this latest investment will enhance their position as an environmentally progressive company. The project will comprise of 54 turbines and is expected to cost approximately £300 million.
Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive of Centrica, said: “As the UK’s greenest energy supplier, this investment underlines our commitment to supplying British Gas customers with an increasing proportion of renewable electricity in the years ahead.
“Together with our existing gas fired generation and clean coal options, our investments in wind power will play a real part towards helping the UK move towards a low carbon energy mix.”
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