Wind farm off Hartlepool helping to boost UK’s green record

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AN offshore wind farm is almost complete - and has further boosted the UK’s proud record for green energy.

A new study by financial analysts Ernst and Young has placed the UK at the top of the global list of countries in which to invest in offshore wind energy.

The UK currently has 3,321 megawatts of offshore wind energy installed which is more than the rest of the world put together.

That amount is sufficient to power the equivalent of more than two million homes.

The positive news comes at a time when the wind farm off the coast of Hartlepool moved closer to completion.

Officials have confirmed that 25 out of 27 turbines have been completely installed on the Teesside Offshore Windfarm, with six operational.

Meanwhile, work is continuing to finish the rest of the project.

The MPI Adventure (a large six-leg jack up vessel designed to transport, lift and install turbines), is reloading in Hartlepool before continuing its offshore work - weather permitting.

Officials expect that all 27 turbines will be erected and fully installed within the next month.

Once the scheme is completed, it will add to the UK’s growing reputation as a world leader for offshore energy production.

Nick Medic, the director of offshore renewables for the energy trade association RenewableUK, said: “The UK’s offshore wind sector is at number one where it rightly belongs. The challenge now is to ensure that it stays there.

Working together we can build a sector we are all proud off, leading the world in job creation, clean energy production and billions of pounds of continued investment”.