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Two offshore wind farms worth £3bn approved

Two wind farms off the north Norfolk coast have gained the go-ahead.

Centrica’s 580mw Race Bank and Warwick Energy’s 560mw Dudgeon projects will be developed at a total cost of £3bn and could provide enough electricity to power 730,000 homes.

Energy minister Charles Hendry gave permission for the two but blocked a third windfarm proposed by Centrica for the nearby Docking Shoal, because of potential harm to Sandwich tern birds.

Mr Hendry said: “These two projects will not only bring us considerable amounts of clean energy, but significant investment and jobs too.”

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