A Norwegian prince is due to be at Holkham Hall on Thursday to officially open to the £1bn Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.

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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.

adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • Should have been the real Prince. He could have sung purple rain.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • When this windthingy was touted by the last government, thousands of local job for local workers was always mentioned in the same breath, seems the only jobs on offer were for Norwegian and Dutch nationals already working in the wndthingy con.Which is probably why this is a low key event presided over by the Norwegian prince and not any of our royal family.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • It's amazing that a £1bn project has been completed off our shore. It shows the benefit of having European partners and the benefit of paying our contributiuon to the EU. Oh! Hold on a minute, how long have Norway been in the European Union? If they can get deals like this from outside the EU then surely we could do the same and trade with EU members. So what exactly is the benefit of our membership?

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    Locallad

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I flew back from holiday yeserday over the Thames estuary wind farm and even that high up i could half the turbines were idle!

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    John Filowiat

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Yes, NRG, but Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham today found a taxi driver who had benefitted from transfers! Wow, that's one, then....and the hotels have benefitted from construction workers from abroad....but the construction has finished. And yes, Farquarson-Smythe, the Norwegian company will benefit from the ROC subsidies we pay in our electricity bill for this useless white elephant - good to see Prince 'I would much prefer to be playing golf' Andrew visiting the site to learn about renewable energy. He would, of course, get a totally unbiased summary from Scira. Still, we can be sure these mythical permanent local jobs will suddenly happen.

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    Trevor S

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Statoil's biggest shareholder is the government of Norway, so the bleeding obvious applies to this windthingy job con.

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    nrg

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Congratulations to the UK for the new windfarm, hold on a mo, i take that back. Congratulations to Norway and the Norwegian company that owns the Windfarm in my backyard. I will be writing to the Norwegian firm who owns it to see if i will be entitled to cheap electricity, now i have this blot on the landscape to look at on a daily basis, but I am not holding my breath. Any takers for buying any other parts of UK Ltd, apparently there are some bargains left that the Govt have not sold off.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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