Vattenfall is to start the statutory consultation process on the Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm this week when the company will seek feedback from local people during November and December.
Ormonde offshore wind farm, courtesy of Vattenfall
The consultation will focus on preliminary environmental information that has been gathered and assessed by independent specialists for the 1.8 GW project. The specialists’ assessment, combined with local feedback received before and during the community consultation, will allow a final proposal and any plans for mitigation to be submitted into planning in summer 2019.
Local people can view the preliminary environmental information at various locations around the County and at seven pubic information days. Feedback can be provided to Vattenfall by completing a paper questionnaire or online.
“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” said Graham Davey, Vattenfall Project Manager. “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”.
Mr Davey added that the Norfolk Boreas project is an important offshore wind farm capable of delivering 25 percent of the East of England’s electricity demand. Not only will Norfolk Boreas help fight climate change by generating low cost, fossil free electricity it will also secure hundreds of jobs in the region.
The information gathered during the statutory consultation will help Vattenfall complete the project’s final design and any necessary mitigation ahead of a formal application in summer 2019 for a development consent order from the Secretary of State for Energy in 2020. Vattenfall is proposing to deploy a minimum of 90 turbines potentially up to 350 metres high (above sea level) with a potential capacity of 20 MW. The Norfolk Boreas development area is 73 kilometres off the Norfolk coast. It is proposed that the power will come ashore at Happisburgh and be exported to the National Grid substation near Necton via a 60 kilometre underground transmission cable, alongside its sister project, Norfolk Vanguard.
The public information days start on 14th November at Happisburgh with the final information day to be held in Reepham on 24 November.