Prince to officially open £1bn offshore wind farm in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 12:36 25 September 2012
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A Norwegian prince is due to be at Holkham Hall on Thursday to officially open to the £1bn Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
Prince Haakon, son of King Harald V and heir to the throne of Norway, will be joined at the ceremony by Edward Davey, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change and Norwegian politicians Ola Borten Moe, minister for energy and petroleum, and Trond Giske, minister for trade and industry.
The wind farm has attracted much interest in Norway and has been reported in the Norwegian media.
It is owned by Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft through the joint-venture company Scira Offshore Energy, which was set up specifically to run Sheringham Shoal.
Chief executive officers of Statoil and Statkraft are also due to attend as well as Einar Strømsvåg, general manager of Scira.
The group is due to arrive in a helicopter at around 11.30am and be welcomed by students from Alderman Peel High School in Wells.
The school has worked closely with Scira throughout the project.
Wind farm engineers have visited Alderman Peel to talk about career opportunities in the burgeoning offshore energy industry.
All 88 turbines have now been constructed at the wind farm, which is located between 10 and 13 miles north of Sheringham.
Scira Offshore Energy, which has been working from the Wells Field Study Centre building throughout the project, say it will produce enough electricity for the needs of around 220,000 homes.
A permanent operation base for Scira is now being constructed at Egmere, four miles south of Wells.
This will be the second royal visit the project has attracted in the last three months.
Prince Andrew came to Wells in July to meet Mr Strømsvåg and his team.
The Duke of York wanted to learn more about the Sheringham Shoal project and the offshore energy industry as a whole.