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New sector deal set to make Norfolk and Suffolk centre for UK's offshore wind market

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A new government and industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal which involves a central role for East Anglia in plans to invest £250 million was unveiled this week. It aims to boost the share of British electricity produced from offshore power to a third by 2030. Meanwhle, a new Offshore Wind Growth Partnership will be set up to develop the UK supply chain to take advantage of a predicted five-fold increase in global exports in the sector to £2.6 billion and a tripling in the number of jobs to 27,000 by 2030. It also aims to boost the UK content in home offshore wind projects to ensure companies in areas such as East Anglia, Humber and the North East are competitive and international leaders in the sector.

Energy & clean growth minister Clare Perry, who is set to visit Gt Yarmouth & Lowestoft to launch the deal, said: “This new sector deal will drive a surge in the clean, green offshore wind revolution that is powering homes and businesses across the UK, bringing investment into coastal communities and ensuring we maintain our position as global leaders in this growing sector.”

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Norfolk and Suffolk’s wind cluster is becoming the centre of gravity for the UK’s market with more capacity than any other UK region. A recent deal has been signed with ScottishPower Renewables which will mean that our area will have one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the UK (East Anglia ONE).”

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