A Norwegian prince who was at the Holkham Estate yesterday to officially open a £1bn wind farm off the north Norfolk coast described the project as an example of how Britain is a world leader in wind energy.

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Prince Haakon was a special guest at a ceremony to mark the completion of the 88-turbine Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 10 and 13 miles north of Sheringham.

He was joined by UK energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, Norwegian ministers, chief executives of Statoil and Statkraft, the Norwegian energy companies which own the wind farm through the joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy, Scira general manager Einar Strømsvåg and local dignitaries including North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, North Norfolk District Council chief executive Sheila Oxtoby and Wells harbour master Robert Smith.

The prince arrived in a helicopter and was welcomed to Holkham by students from Alderman peel High School, in Wells. Musicians from the school, Maddie Yarham, Alice Eade and Archie Bonham, performed for him and the other guests.

Prince Haakon said: “Norway and Britain have a long-standing relationship in several areas and Sheringham Shoal is an extension of this. It has involved two of Norway’s largest companies and has created many jobs for people in Norfolk. It is a significant step forward in reaching the UK’s ambitious renewable energy targets and is an example of how Britain is a world leader in moving forward wind energy.”

Critics of offshore wind farms point how the industry is heavily subsidised by the government in a time of economic crisis.

Mr Davey said: “I don’t see a distinction between renewable energy and economic growth; the two go together. We should seize these opportunities. Those people who think climate change is something for the good times only are very badly advised. Investing on offshore energy is the right thing for the government to do and I am very positive about the ability to cut costs down as this industry develops in the future.”

10 comments

  • just to get the math straight - Norwegian engineering + Norwegian investment + Norwegian ownership + Collecting of UK tax payers money via electricity bills = another selloff by the Govt to the benefit of another country. Simples

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I echo 'Edmund Allenby'. And no wonder Ed Davey the new SoS for Environment and Climate change said "Sheringham Shoal is very exciting". The man is a total technical ignorant in power generation as his quotes in the article ably demonstrate. Let me dispense easily with the SCIRA [Statoil and Statkraft] claim of 220,000 homes. Using the latest published statistical data of Ed Davey's own dept., DECC DUKES2012, I see the annual average offshore Load Factor is 29.84% and the average Norfolk home consumption is 4.795 MWh p.a. SCIRA website claims an Installed Capacity of 317MW. So, quite simply, {317 x 8,760 x 0.2984} = 828,633 MWh. Then 828,6334.795 = 172,811 homes only p.a. as an ESTIMATE. [Not 'will supply' but 'is equivalent to' - wind industry speak] Compare that with a claim of 220,000, or "nearly a quarter of a million".

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • MickB1 Your inability to understand the simple maths of ND should prevent you from posting here. So often we see the pro wind people not taking the time to research and understand the (really quite basic) physics of wind power, but simply preach the pro wind mantra that it is a good thing and actually works to provide UK with renewable energy, all of those are, of course, wrong, as those of us who know what we are talking about understand. As to Ed Davey, now there IS a complete waste of space who should be replaced by somone with more that one brain cell, immediately!!

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    windup

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • Simply mindblowing.... A real national triumph! ..Opened by our Queen? ..well no actually by the heir to the Norwegian throne..why ? well the Norwegians own it,.and presumably will make a handsome return on their £1bn investment. Who will pay the Norwegians for this? ...why all of us through the surcharges on our electricity bills ..So is this good for us ? well, whist it will undoubtedly increase the number of housholds in fuel poverty the upside is, we are told, it will provide power for 220,000 homes ..what, even on a calm freezing day in winter when the power is really needed? I think not! But surely there is a great benefit to the UK economy didnt Ed Davey say as much? Well, whilst all the parts are manufactured abroad and all the subsidies go to Norway Look East yesterday did identify a taxi driver who said he sometimes had so many more fares from construction workers that occasionally he had to pass a few on to his chum..oh yes, and a hotel that had some construction workers staying there Boom times here again obviously! ...or are they ..isnt the construction phase over and thats why the vikings are here to celebate the start of the payment of the new danegold?

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    Edmund Allenby

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Correction. The EDP website is slightly errant in that it does not recognise the mathematical symbol for 'divided by' which is a forward sloping slash mark. So what appears as828,6334.795 should have read 828,633 divided by 4.795 which gives the 172,811 estimated home equivalence.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Nothing but a sham.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • "MickB1'. It is blindingly obvious why you got bored reading my comment. Without wishing to appear rude, you must be technically illiterate with the attention span of a flea. There are many of us who do "give a s***" about what divides out because we can then see through the renewables brainwashing, which you cannot so will continue to vote our economy down the drain. Get your head out of the wet sand and apply some scientific language to your thinking processes; that is what renewables sophism understanding is about.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • I didn't know Ed Davey was a Norwegian Prince (read headline carefully)

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    alecto

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Nothing but a sham.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Norfolk Dumpling....Jesus I got bored reading your comments after the first few lines...what are you on? I can only assume you ate a calculator for breakfast. Who gives a S... ! that 1+1=2..! Get a life mate.

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    MickB1

    Friday, September 28, 2012

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