Cables from biggest windfarm in world could go through Norfolk

One of DONG Energy''s windfarms. Pic: DONG Energy A/S.

One of DONG Energy''s windfarms. Pic: DONG Energy A/S.

DONG Energy

Miles of underground cables from what would be the world’s biggest windfarm could be buried beneath swathes of Norfolk countryside.

Danish company DONG Energy is considering whether to run the cables, which would connect its huge Hornsea Project Three scheme to the national grid, through parts of north Norfolk, Broadland and south Norfolk.

The company, which this week launched a consultation process over its plans, is considering whether it can bring the cables from the proposed North Sea windfarm, ashore in north Norfolk.

They would then run down around the perimeter of Norwich to the existing Norwich Main National Substation near Mangreen.

DONG Energy, which says the proposed windfarm will be capable of providing enough power to meet the average daily needs of more than two million homes, has started the early stages of consultation over the project.

DONG Energy''s Horns Rev offshore windfarm. Pic: DONG Energy A/S.DONG Energy''s Horns Rev offshore windfarm. Pic: DONG Energy A/S.

That consultation includes seeking comments over how it could affect the public and the areas in which they live. The consultation will explore the impact on the environment, such as on wildlife and on the landscape; the impact on commercial activities such as fishing and the impact while construction is done.

Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP, said it was essential that the process was open and that people got involved in the consultation.

He said: “We have had these already, with the Sheringham Shoals and the Dugeon wind farms and some processes have been handled better than others.

“There will be some people who find that the proposal impacts on their homes or gardens and they will have legitimate concerns.

The Scroby Sands Wind Farm, a mile and half off the coast at Great Yarmouth, consists of 30 turbines.The Scroby Sands Wind Farm, a mile and half off the coast at Great Yarmouth, consists of 30 turbines.

“Where it goes under the countryside, it appears cables can be put in without any permanent lasting damage, but there can be issues of compensation which will need to be sorted out properly.

“The most important thing is that there is openness and engagement with the public.”

A series of consultation events have been set up, when people will be able to look at information about the proposals and comment on the plans.

Consultation will also be done with other stakeholders, including councils, owners, tenants and occupiers of the land where the cables would be buried.

A spokesman for DONG Energy said: “Subject to securing the necessary consents, it is envisaged that the wind farm would be built between 2022 and 2025. With a maximum output of 2.4 gigawatts, it would be capable of supplying the electricity needs of well over two million UK homes.

“The project is at an early ‘pre-application’ stage and we are currently assessing potential routes within a scoping area for a series of underground cables which would connect the windfarm to the national grid system near Norwich, via an onshore substation. “DONG Energy adopts best practice for all its projects and, in addition to statutory consultation, we will be providing opportunities for local people to meet with us, to ask questions and comment on our plans.”

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  • Well I think this is brilliant news, with a bit of forward planning stand pumps could be connected to the underground pipes at regular intervals. This would allow the locals to fix hosepipes and make use of the free wind. They could run aeolian harps to enhance the ambience of their parishes, or use the wind to run gaily coloured paper windmills. Or the poor people could use the facility to dry their washing on calm days. The possibilities are endless! Obviously security would have to be pretty tight to deter marauding bands of breeze thieves from doldrumic areas, desperate for purloined zephyr. Can't wait.

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    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • Dear Archie, better this than fracking.

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    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • At least it might stop them building on it.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • The Sheringham Shoal windfarm put their cables underground, so it can be done. It just depends on if they are allowed to get away with the penny pinching and aren't bothered about what people think of Dong thinking nothing about the environment of our countryside.

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    The Boy Lar

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • I do hope that this issue won't be turned into a drama by NIMBYs or those people with a grudge about renewable energy. Having lived very near to where both of the previous wind farm cables were laid in North Norfolk the disruption caused was absolutely minimal. As to lasting damage? Unless you know where the cables are it's impossible to tell as the countryside and fields affected have been carefully restored.

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    Bad Form

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • That's a surprise, then, that generated electricity has to be transmitted by cable. When we hear all this gigawatts and number-of-homes-never-mind-industrial-use stuff is that working on average power loss or is that houses bolted onto the side of the wind turbines? I'm in favour of the things but I wish they wouldn't try to kid us with silly statistics.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • My word, the hatching shows a wide trench............. Yes they might be better underground but the costs are horrendous.

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    Carol Barnes

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

  • Better underground than unsightly pylons, they did it with gas and you would never know it was there.

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    gerry mitson

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

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