LONDON, July 16 The British government on
Wednesday approved the construction of utility E.ON's
700 megawatt Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex
in the southern England.
The 2 billion pound ($3.4 billion) project is expected to
start producing electricity in 2018/19 and generate enough power
for 450,000 households.
Construction will start next year on the onshore part that
services the wind farm, with more than 750 jobs supporting the
project's development, the government said.
"This project is great news for Sussex, providing green jobs
as well as driving business opportunities," British Energy and
Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement.
The government is subsidising the construction of offshore
wind farms in Britain as it aims to reduce carbon emissions from
its electricity sector by encouraging investments in cleaner
forms of energy production.
Offshore wind farms are some of the most expensive types of
renewable energy plants to build due to their huge scale and
construction in deep water.
($1 = 0.5839 British Pounds)
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps; editing by Jane Baird)