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Offshore wind farm project awarded £21.8m

Dong Energy has awarded a £21.8m contract to J Murphy & Sons for construction of an onshore substation for the Race Bank offshore wind farm development.

When operational, Race Bank will have a capacity of up to 580MW – enough to power over 400,000 homes.

It will be located almost 17 miles off Blakeney Point on the north Norfolk Coast, and a similar distance from the Lincolnshire coast at Chapel St Leonards.

The onshore substation will be located adjacent to the National Grid Walpole Substation and will include all necessary equipment required to transmit power from the offshore wind farm to the national grid network.

Business and energy minister Matthew Hancock said: “It’s great to see new investment flowing into East Anglia as well as more good news for those businesses, across the UK, who form the supply chain.

“Our long-term economic plan is bringing down the national debt, securing investment and making sure young people have the right skills to get on in life.”

The onshore substation construction work is expected to be completed in 2016.

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