Energy secretary Amber Rudd has given green light to £8bn Dogger Bank Teesside A and B prioject in north east

Wind turbines

An £8bn offshore wind farm has been given the green light by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has given the go-ahead for the construction of the Dogger Bank Teesside A and B Offshore wind project in the north east of England, which will include up to 400 wind turbines and the potential to generate enough electricity for up to 1.8m homes.

The development is being developed by Forewind, a consortium compromising energy suppliers SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil.

Forewind said the project could create up to 4,750 jobs and generate more than £1.5bn for the UK economy.

The project will consist of two offshore wind farms of up to 200 turbines each, and will be located between 125km and 290km off the north east coast.

Forewind general manager, Tarald Gjerde, said the project “represents a real opportunity for the UK to receive even more of its energy from its abundant wind resource while creating significant economic benefits, particularly for the north eastern regions.”

Energy minister Lord Bourne said: “Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy.

“As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project.”