EDF Energy opened a new wind farm and a gas plant yesterday at West Burton in Nottinghamshire.
Energy Minister Michael Fallon joined EDF Group Chairman and CEO Henri Proglio to open the Teeside offshore wind farm and the West Burton gas plant which is a more efficient combined cycle gas turbine.
Teeside has 27 turbines producing 62MW of electricity, enough to supply all the homes in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn.
The power station is EDF Group’s largest single capital investment project in the UK, with enough power to supply to 1.5 million homes.
Minister for Energy Michael Fallon said: “Opening two new energy generating projects is proof that the UK is a strong focus for new energy investment and the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind. These projects will create hundreds of local jobs in the North East and Nottinghamshire, boosting long-term growth. The home-grown energy they produce will also help to reduce our reliance on expensive imports.”
Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of the firm’s UK supply arm EDF Energy said: “Our investments in West Burton and Teesside have helped build the UK’s industrial strength… [They] have created many more jobs in both regions and will also develop skills and capabilities crucial to supporting the UK’s energy infrastructure for decades to come.”