UK govt approves Vattenfall’s 1.8GW North Sea wind farm


The UK government has approved the construction of Swedish company Vattenfall’s planned Norfolk Vanguard 1.8GW wind farm in the North Sea.

The wind farm will comprise 90 to 180 turbines with heights of up to 350 metres. Turbine suppliers are yet to be announced. The facility will lie 47km offshore from Happisburgh, Norfolk.

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Vattenfall has neither failed to confirm a construction date, nor expected costs, although it says operation is set to commence in the mid-2020s.

The new plant is expected to power 1.95 million homes, and create 150 permanent jobs, shared between the new site and the nearby Norfolk Boreas wind farm.

The company’s wind business senior vice president Gunnar Groebler said: “This decision justifies the confidence that we have in the offshore wind sector in Britain, and we’re looking forward to developing the project and benefiting the local community. Vattenfall’s purpose is to power climate-smarter living. Decarbonising our economies starts with one of the most essential resources – electricity.”

Country manager and head of UK offshore wind Danielle Lane said: “This is a great step forward in the battle against climate change, to increase jobs and skills in the East of England, and for the offshore wind industry as a whole. The Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm will generate enough power for almost two million homes each year while saving over three million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – the same as taking approximately 1.6 million cars off the road.”

“Today is also great news for people living locally, who we’ve been working with over the last four years to develop this project. They can look forward to a multi-billion-pound economic boost, bringing with it hundreds of new long-term jobs,” concludes Lane.

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