UK Greenlights Vattenfall’s 3.6 GW Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone

The UK Government has awarded planning consent for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm.

Both projects in Vattenfall’s proposed Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone, including the sister project Norfolk Boreas, have now been approved.

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”Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas are industry leading projects, with their designs coordinated to minimise the impact on the environment and communities,” Helene Biström, Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall, said.

”We are very pleased to receive consent for Norfolk Vanguard. Although the decision was unfortunately made too late to enable us to bid this project in to the current CfD auction round 4, we will now look into potential opportunities to progress this project, working closely with the supply chain and local communities.”

The zone will produce enough power annually for the equivalent of 3.9 million UK homes, with Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas providing up to 3.6 GW of renewable electricity capacity once operational, Vattenfall said.

”We’re committed to making sure that these projects bring real, lasting benefit to the East of England – with jobs, supply chain and skills investment throughout construction and operation,” Danielle Lane, UK Country Manager for Vattenfall, said.

”We’ll be working even more closely now with local communities as we begin to take the project towards construction. This will include preparatory works on the ground, but also work with our local partners to make sure we get our plans absolutely right to maximise benefits to the region.”  

Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone covers an area of 1,307 square kilometres located 47 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk at its nearest point.

Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard will comprise between 180 and 312 wind turbines expected to deliver first power in mid-2020s.

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