The UK Government has approved the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Teesside A and B offshore wind project, which is expected to cost £8bn.
The project is being developed by Forewind, a consortium of four energy firms RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil.
It will be built off the east coast of Yorkshire in the North Sea. The wind farm will include two projects of 1.2GW each with around 400 wind turbines in total.
After completion, the project is estimated to generate 8 terrawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to meet energy requirement of up to 1.8 million homes in the UK.
The power from the project will come to shore between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea, in Teesside and the 9km onshore cable will connect into the national grid at the existing Lackenby substation,
Forewind general manager Tarald Gjerde said the planning approval has been achieved after extensive consultation with interested parties and a governmental review.
"Combined with the positive seabed survey results and strong wind measurements, the consent confirms Dogger Bank’s suitability for large-scale offshore wind development. Today’s approval paves the way for the phased delivery of wind projects across Dogger Bank."
UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy.
"As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project."
Earlier this year, Forewind secured approval for the 2.4GW Dogger Bank Creyke Beck wind farm to be built off the Yorkshire coast.
Image: The Dogger Bank Teesside A and B development will feature two projects of 1.2GW each. Photo: courtesy of The Crown Estate.