DONG Energy has published an indicative area in which the cables carrying clean electricity from its proposed offshore wind farm could be located, and is
seeking feedback from local communities in Norfolk.
Hornsea Project Three is a 2.4GW project that if built out to capacity will provide enough power for well over two million UK homes, five times the number of homes in Norfolk.
The windfarm will be over 120km off the north Norfolk Coast in the North Sea, so will not be visible from shore. The cables connecting the turbines to the National Grid will be buried underground and will connect into the existing Norwich Main National Grid Substation, just south of Norwich. The project will also require a new onshore substation in the vicinity of National Grid's.
In Autumn 2016, DONG Energy held its first round of
community consultation events at six locations across Norfolk, and subsequently the project has refined its original search area. The team will present these
refined plans at the upcoming consultation events and are seeking local views on the latest proposal.
Stuart Livesey, Hornsea Project Three Project Development Manager said:
"As one would expect, there are many stages of assessment and consultation before building an offshore windfarm, to ensure that any disturbance or potential environmental impacts are identified, and then minimised or mitigated.
"In September last year, we laid out how we were going to consult with the local community in our
Statement of Community Consultation. At that stage, we were seeking views on a wider search area. These events helped improve our understanding of the local environment and local concerns, after all the people living and working in these areas are more aware of local issues and sensitivities.
"We used those responses to refine the onshore search area, so now we're looking to gain feedback on this more developed proposal."
Hornsea Project Three is in the pre application phase for gaining consent to be built. If successful, construction of Hornsea Project Three is anticipated to take place between 2022 and 2025.
"The project has the potential to make a real contribution to UK climate change targets", Stuart continued, "but while it will benefit the UK as a whole, we understand people might be worried about the cables coming onshore in Norfolk. That's why we want people to attend our events, so that they can let us know their concerns and find out more.
"For example, many people don't realise that in some cases we can bury the cables without causing any disturbance to land or vegetation, or that the land will return to a state where it can be farmed or grazed on afterwards. Thanks to feedback from local farmers we've already made changes, such as increasing the depth at which the cables will be buried by half a meter.
"We know that land owners know their land best, so we want to engage with them now on what we're proposing so they understand our plans and we hear their comments.
"I'll be at the upcoming events in Norfolk and I personally look forward to meeting people there."
Thursday 2nd March 2017
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Reepham Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, Norwich, NR10 4JW
|Friday 3rd March 2017
3pm – 7pm
Weybourne Village Hall, Beach Lane, Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7AH
Monday 6th March 2017 1pm – 5pm
The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH
Tuesday 7th March 2017
3pm – 7pm
Hall for All, Church Street, Weston Longville, Norwich, NR9 5JU
Wednesday 8th March 2017 3pm – 7pm
Corpusty and Saxthorpe Village Hall, Heydon Road, Corpusty, NR11 6QQ
Thursday 9th March 2017
4pm – 8pm
Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt, NR25 6DN
Friday 10th March 2017
2pm – 6pm
Swardeston Social Club and Village Hall, The Common, Swardeston Common, Norwich, NR14 8DX