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Plans for more offshore turbines  

A planning bid was submitted yesterday for the second phase of a giant offshore windfarm on the Greater Wash which could help to generate electricity for 250,000 homes.

British Gas has submitted an application for the site in the Wash off the shores of Skegness and the power from it would come ashore in West Norfolk via undersea power cables.

The National Grid has offered a connection slot at for the wind farm at a sub station at Walpole St Andrew, near King’s Lynn.

Building work on the windfarm, which is called the Lincs Project, could start in 2009 and would see between 50 and 60 turbines built.

The Lincs project will be located next to the company’s Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects, five miles off the Lincolnshire coast.

Construction of the 54 turbines for the Lynn and Inner Dowsing projects is expected to start this year, once key contracts are finalised,

British Gas parent company Centrica, plans to invest more than £750m in renewable energy assests over the coming years, it submitted the application for the Lincs project to the Department of Trade and Industry.

When complete the project will be one of the next generation of UK offshore wind farms.

Jake Ulrich, managing director of Centrica Energy, said last night: “As one of the largest investors in offshore wind, this is another milestone on the journey to secure the UK’s future energy needs and underlines the significant investment we are making in low carbon generation for British Gas customers.”

The Lincs project would be capable of supplying clean electricity to around 140,000 British Gas customers, saving 565,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year.

Norfolk’s coastline is already home to one of the biggest offshore windfarms in Britain, Scroby Sands at Great Yarmouth.

Plans have also been submitted for a windfarm at Sheringham Shoal, the project could involve 108 turbines, which are nearly twice as tall as Norwich Cathedral and would be about 20km off the coast.

The towers would generate enough power for 176,000 homes.


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