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Proposed 1.8GW wind farm off Norfolk coast could see second substation

File photo dated 08/05/13 of a wind turbine. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

File photo dated 08/05/13 of a wind turbine. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Residents have had a first look at plans to build a second substation in their Norfolk village to service a new offshore wind farm.

The proposed scheme from energy company Vattenfall, to be named Norfolk Vanguard, would see 257 turbines built 47km off the coast at Great Yarmouth which would generate up to 1,800MW – enough energy to power 1.3m homes.

But many residents in Necton are unhappy about the prospect of a new onshore substation to service the wind farm being built near their homes – adjacent to another substation used by Dudgeon in conjunction with its smaller offshore wind farm.

Tony and Jenny Smedley, whose house on St Andrew’s Lane is the closest to the substation site, have expressed concerns about the scheme’s impact on the landscape and land owners.

Mr Smedley said: “The thing which concerns me is the huge carbon footprint which the process of building the wind farm and substation will leave.

“This is touted as the second largest wind farm in the world. How long will it take to pay back that carbon footprint?

“Necton has already been blighted by one substation, we do not need to be blighted by another bigger one.

“Also, what is the logic in cabling from the east coast right past the geographic middle of the county?”

Fellow St Andrew’s Lane resident Edna Greening said: “We have had dust, we have had noise, and we have had lights left on at the site all night at the Dudgeon substation. The last thing we need is another one.”

Other residents raised concerns about the impact on local farmers and the possible devaluation of homes in Necton.

Project manager Ruari Lean said the plan was in the “very early stages”, with a planning application unlikely to be submitted for at least another two years.

“We are introducing information about the company, the project and more importantly the process.

“It is incredibly important that we build and maintain the relationship with the landowners and the community to make sure that their concerns are heard.

“If there are concerns from other schemes, hopefully we can learn from them and put measures in place to ensure mistakes are not repeated.”

Vattenfall had a grid connection offer for a connection to the National Grid at the existing Necton substation accepted in August.

Of the substation’s proposed siting in Necton, Mr Lean said; “We worked with National Grid to find the most effective, economic and coordinated way to get the power from the farm to the national grid.”

Vattenfall will be holding consultations on the proposed scheme in another seven locations over the next two weeks.

Consultation documents relating to the project are available to view online at norfolkvanguard.vattenfall.co.uk

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4 comments

  • No problem, just build it. The planning system, rightly, takes no account of house values (which like shares can go up as well as down). We need the infrastructure, so let's get on with it. The planning system is about finding a balance between the greater good and the community. In this case the balance is clear. Build it, once the short construction period is over you will hardly know it's there.

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    Rushallchap3

    Monday, October 24, 2016

  • I guess they do have a place but not wired directly into the grid. Erratic power supplies can be evened out better when connected via energy storage schemes that are lagging behind in development. Of course, politicians are always looking for the quick fix in response to the frequency with which they have to please the electorate or get the elbow at their next election. Whatever the chosen path putting up with the infrastructure is necessary if we wish to pursue our modern lifestyle.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Monday, October 24, 2016

  • "The country requires sources of electricity" - Yes, but NOT more wind turbines. They cannot survive without subsidies, do not provide a reliable, controllable supply, and rarely operate at more than 40% (offshore) of their rated output, and typically 25% or less for land based installations. On the rare occasions when the wind is blowing strongly, they can also shut down abruptly, which was a contributory factor to the state-wide blackout in South Australia recently. It is widely accepted (by grid engineers, but sadly not politicians) that more than 10% of generation by wind andor solar leads to instability issues, as neither provide Synchronous Rotational Inertia which is an essential requirement of an AC grid.

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    David Ward

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • The reason why the cable has to come so far is that the nearest National Grid transmission cables are the ones that run past Necton, Dunham and Southacre. The only other alternative is to build a new transmission line to connect to the existing transmission line. I do not think anyone wants more pylons on the skyline. It is a very difficult situation but unfortunately the country requires sources of electricity. It becomes a situation were the needs of the many out weight the needs of the few. Negotiating the best possible deal is the only way forward.

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    Richard Woods

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

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