Vattenfall, the developer of the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms, has published feedback from recent workshops and drop-in events about onshore electrical infrastructure.
In July, the Swedish energy group invited Norfolk residents and landowners potentially affected by onshore electrical infrastructure needed to connect the wind farms to the National Grid to workshops and drop-ins. These events, held near to the potential cable route, focused on the refined cable relay station and substation search areas published in June.
Vattenfall has now released all the information presented and gathered to date from the workshops and drop-in sessions. The material posted on the project websites includes photomontages and 3D visualisations, along with notes and comments by participants at the local events, which make interesting reading.
Ruari Lean, project manager for Norfolk Vanguard, said: “We would like to thank all those who have participated so far in the consultation on this project. The information published, including all feedback from the public, is a result of a lot of work by the project team, bringing together all the information gathered so far in the run up to the Preliminary Environmental Impact Report – due to be published in October – and Statutory Consultation later in the autumn.
“During the workshops held in July, many attendees asked us to publish the visualisations and presentations shown at the events. We have done that by publishing a full record of all comments received at the workshop along with visualisations and project information.”
Over the next five to ten years Reepham could be particularly affected as it will be the main crossover point for underground cables that connect offshore windfarms from Vattenfall and Dong Energy to their respective onshore substations located in Necton and next to Dunston Hall south of Norwich.
Vattenfall says its two wind farms combined will, at 3.6 GW, produce enough power to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of more than 2.61 million UK households, around 4% of total annual UK consumption.
The next round of consultation will take place this autumn. The company expects to submit the final Norfolk Vanguard proposals to the Planning Inspectorate in summer 2018.
The materials mentioned above can be viewed here:
- Cable Relay Station Workshop Materials
- Cable Relay Station Workshop 3D Supplement
- Substation Workshop Materials
- Substation Workshop 3D Supplement
See our earlier stories:
- Proposed wind farm cable route threatens ‘lost’ medieval church
- Energy firms reveal underground cable routes
- Another offshore wind farm cable route to affect Reepham