Vattenfall to launch community consultation on UK offshore wind farm

31 October 2018 (Last Updated October 31st, 2018 12:38)

Swedish energy group Vattenfall is set to launch statutory community consultation for the 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm next week.

Vattenfall to launch community consultation on UK offshore wind farm
Vattenfall to initiate a community consultation on Norfolk’s largest offshore wind farm Norfolk Boreas. Credit: Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash.

Swedish energy group Vattenfall is set to launch statutory community consultation for the 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas UK offshore wind farm next week.

Scheduled to run from 7 November through to 9 December, the consultation aims to seek feedback from the local people on preliminary environmental information gathered by independent specialists for the offshore wind farm.

Vattenfall project manager for proposed UK offshore wind farm Graham Davey said: “The feedback we have received over the past two years about Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard has given us a good idea of local issues and opportunities.

“That feedback has helped us minimise impact and identify benefits which will maximise local value. The environmental information we are consulting on builds on that picture. But with this community consultation, we want to take this opportunity to further refine the Norfolk Boreas proposal before submitting to decision makers next summer.”

"With this community consultation, we want to take this opportunity to further refine the Norfolk Boreas proposal before submitting to decision makers next summer."

The community feedback combined with specialists’ assessment will be helpful in drafting a final proposal and any necessary mitigation plan, which will be submitted to the authorities next summer.

Vattenfall expects a development consent order from the Secretary of State for Energy in 2020.

For the proposed project, the Swedish company intends to deploy a minimum of 90 turbines with a potential capacity of 20MW at the site.

Early proposals suggest that the power generated should be exported to the national grid substation near Necton, using a 60km underground transmission cable.