EDF opens new offshore wind farm and gas power plant

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EDF Energy has announced the opening of a new gas power plant and offshore wind farm.

Both the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm and the West Burton Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Station, in Nottinghamshire, were officially opened by the energy supplier's chairman and chief executive, Henri Proglio and energy minister, Michael Fallon.

The offshore wind farm is the first of its kind to be led entirely by EDF, and features 27 turbines. With them, the facility has a capacity of 62MW (megawatts) - enough to provide electricity for all homes in the nearby seaside towns of Saltburn, Marske and Redcar. Following the opening of the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm, EDF Energy Renewable's total wind power capacity now stands at 462MW. The company is also working on a number of similar projects, which will boost its capacity by another 1,500MW.

Its West Burton gas plant, meanwhile, has a capacity of 1.3GW (gigawatts), which is enough to supply around 1.5 million homes.

In a statement, EDF commented: "West Burton gas power station is designed to be an integral part of a balanced energy mix, which can flexibly generate electricity when needed, in conjunction with low carbon energy generation like nuclear power and renewables."

Mr Fallon stated that opening of the new facilities highlighted that the government's policies were helping to get energy suppliers to invest in new capacity.

He 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."

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