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Norfolk Vanguard Wind Farm Update

February 26, 2018 3:52 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council

Vattenfall

Vattenfall (Swedish Energy Company) has been consulting on proposals for an offshore wind farm 47 km off the Norfolk coast comprising: up to 257 turbines; and ancillary onshore supporting infrastructure including: a new cable relay station (if required using HVAC technology); buried cable route (approximately 60 km); extending the existing sub-station at Necton; and construction of a new sub-station (close to Necton Sub-station). The proposal has a generating capacity of 1.8 Giga Watts, which is sufficient to provide 1.3 million homes with electricity.

More details can be found in the Esatern Daily Press atricle Wind farm firm scraps plan for relay stations in Norfolk countryside.

County Councillor Eric Seward been involved in a campaign with residents, Parish Councils, District Councillorss and Norman Lamb MP to persuade Vattenfall to reduce the adverse environmental impact of their proposal for the transmission of electricity from the off shore wind farm to the national grid when it came ashore at Happisburgh. There was a large public meeting held by Norman Lamb in Ridlington village in August 2017 where significant public anger was expressed about what was being proposed.

Photo of Eric SewardCouncillor Seward has welcomed the decision by Vattenfall who have the contractual rights to build the large Vanguard Wind Farm in the North Sea to use a system for transmitting the electricity from the wind farm to the National Grid in mid Norfolk that avoids the use of relay stations which are the size of an average football stadium. It will also reduce the amount of underground cabling that is needed which will speed up the construction work and in turn lesson the disruption this work will cause to local communities. Vattenfall will also be using a system to connect the cabling on the sea bed with the underground on shore cabling that avoids disruption and damage to the beach and coastline at Happusburgh.

Vattenfall's original proposals to build a large relay station at one of two favoured sites in villages near to Happisburgh as-well as potential damage to the nearby beach and cliffs with transmission cabling caused widespread public dismay and anger. Vattenfall have listened to and acted on public concerns. What is important now is that Vattenfall work with residents and local Councillors to ensure that the underground cabling work causes the minimum amount of environmental damage and disruption to communities during theconstruction phase.

Vattenfall are expected to submit a planning application for the on shore constructions works to the Government's Planning Inspectorate in the summer with approval expected in 2019. The wind farm is scheduled to become operational in the mid twenties.