Green light for UK offshore hub

A rendering of the Able Marine Energy Park

A rendering of the Able Marine Energy Park

The UK government has given the green light to a £450m ($736m) port development in the northeast of England that aims to serve as a major hub for the country’s offshore wind sector.

The Able Marine Energy Park received final planning permission today from the UK’s transport secretary, clearing the way for construction work to begin early next year on the south bank of the Humber Estuary.

Able founder and chairman Peter Stephenson said its 1.3km quay will be available from late 2016.

The project has been waiting for the final go-ahead for some time, and the developers expressed frustration at repeated delays. It recently secured a commitment in principle from Austrian construction firm Strabag to site an offshore wind foundation plant there.

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