The developer of the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, ScottishPower Renewables, is inviting local communities in Suffolk to find out about necessary cabling work in the county for connection of the wind farm to the national grid.
The public information days will help to inform local communities about the programme of work to install cabling under railways, roads and rivers, so that the wind farm can be connected to the national grid, rather than constructing pylons. There are approximately 20 locations along the 37 kilometre route between Bawdsey and Bramford where Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) will be required to carry the cables beneath waterways and important infrastructure. HDD is an advanced drilling technique that will help to minimise disruption and reduce environmental impacts.
Public information days will be held in Bawdsey, Martlesham and Claydon.
“East Anglia ONE is progressing well, with construction underway at the onshore substation in Bramford” said Joanna Young, Stakeholder Manager for ScottishPower Renewables. “To help connect the cables we have planned a Horizontal Directional Drilling programme of work. This involves innovative engineering practices and ensures that we won’t impact on train timetables and minimises road works. The largest drilling operation will allow us to install 700 metres of cable underneath the Deben.”