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Green light for Norfolk Vanguard as UK government stalls on Hornsea Three

The UK government has awarded construction permission for Vattenfall's 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm, but a decision on Ørsted's 2.4GW Hornsea Project Three has been delayed again.

Equinor's 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm was completed off Norfolk in 2017. Larger projects being developed by Vattenfall and Ørsted have encounted permitting hurdles
Equinor's 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm was completed off Norfolk in 2017. Larger projects being developed by Vattenfall and Ørsted have encounted permitting hurdles

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Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy yesterday (1 July) approved Vattenfall’s 158-turbine 1800MW Norfolk Vanguard Norfolk Vanguard (1800MW) Offshoreoff Norfolk, UK, Europe Click to see full details project, 47km off England's east coast, arguing that the company's construction and mitigation commitments would be enough to protect two EU-protected sites from significant adverse harm.

Vattenfall senior vice president Gunnar Groebler said in a statement that the decision “justifies the confidence that we have in the offshore wind sector in Britain.”

But environmental concerns remain over Ørsted’s 231-turbine 2400MW Hornsea Project Three Hornsea Project Three (2400MW) Offshoreoff Yorkshire , UK, Europe Click to see full details, located 120km east of Trimingham, also in Norfolk.

Under current plants, Sharma wrote that he was “not able to grant consent to the development at this time”, as the project presented an unacceptably high risk of collisions with the protected kittiwake bird in the EU-protected Flamborough and Filey coast special protection area.

However, he added that he would be “minded to grant consent” subject to Ørsted providing “sufficient evidence that the said compensatory measures have been secured”. 

Ørsted has until the end of September to submit its proposals, before the minister makes his final decision by 31 December.

Last month, Vattenfall’s 340MW Thanet Extension project was refused by Sharma due to concerns over commercial shipping routes.

 

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