Video: A look at the new £1bn wind farm being opened by Norwegian prince today

On his arrival at Holkham Hall Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was greeted by pupils from Alderman Peel High School. Picture: Ian Burt On his arrival at Holkham Hall Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was greeted by pupils from Alderman Peel High School. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, September 27, 2012
12:24 PM

A Norwegian prince will be opening the £1bn Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm today (Thursday) at Holkham Hall.

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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 and will 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 just 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.

Statkraft’s president and CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen said: “The completion of Sheringham Shoal is a milestone based on Statoil’s offshore experience and Statkraft’s competence as Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.

“The electricity produced makes a significant contribution to the ambitious UK plan to increase the level of renewables and creates local jobs and growth opportunities.”

Mr Davey said: “We need to get the economy moving again and a massive expansion in home grown, clean, renewable energy capacity is central to this.

“Sheringham Shoal will play an important part; supplying power to 220,000 homes, and providing jobs in the local community. Today’s opening is also an illustration of the strength of the UK’s strategic relationship with Norway.

“Investment in the UK’s energy mix needs to come from increasingly new and diverse sources, and this project is an excellent example of that.”

For a full report of the opening, read tomorrow’s EDP.

15 comments

  • If the government were not so determined to drive renewable energy businesses out of the UK then perhaps all the companies involved in this project would have been British. You can't have your cake and eat it.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Mr Davey UK secretary of state for energy and climate change said: “We need to get the economy moving again and a massive expansion in home grown, clean, renewable energy capacity is central to this." - Sorry, Do you mean the Norwegian economy ?

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Norfolk Dumpling; The metaphorical 'cake' to which I refer to is the fact that the UK does not have a sufficient renewable energy industry thanks to the nay-sayers such as yourself. Here lies your big fat cake with sprinkles on top. Yet you complain when foreign firms which have been supported by their own respective countries venture across the North Sea to do the work for us? It's this form of ideology which has put this country firmly on the back-foot whilst the rest of the EU lead the way and make the money. They are all looking at us and having a good laugh because it's us that are the fools who missed the glaring opportunity that was on our own doorstep.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • "norfolkboy15@gmail.com". Lets be ultra truthful. You would not recognise "peer reviewed" if it came up and bit you and you have no idea about the economics of wealth creation. If you have the technical knowledge, which you so obviously do NOT, peer review means not a jot. It is just a cover-up used by impractical academics and has little to do with the scientific method which is about understanding. But then, you are typical of the "green" brainwashed rent-a-crowd with an aversion to learning the real truth and instead encouraging obsolete technologies and the destruction of our economy. "Worth the candle" is much nearer home and about Scotland. because the unsustainable employment syndrome caused by renewable wind is already there.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • Thanks for your endless list of assumptions ND. Lets not let facts and evidence spoil a good story hey! I can see your obviously very opinionated on the issue but I would conclude that's as far as it goes. A few google searches and we're all experts.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • Simply mindblowing..I saw it on Look East today... 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? well, whilst all the parts are manufactured abroad Look East 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

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Don't forget the green jobs that have been created. There will be 50 permanent jobs at this installation, at a cost of only £50 million per job created. What a bargain for the British taxpayer. What has happened to jpurnalism in this country? Both the press and TV just report whatever they are told without question. Long gone are the days when they used to ask awkward questions. These wind farms are an enormous burdon on the taxpayers and consumers of this country, and will result in the loss of thousands of jobs as companies move out to other countries with cheap electricity. Yet no one from our media ever raises any questions at the politicians and companies involved. This is despite the fact that most of the population realise that we are being fed BS, and indeed have expressed it in these comments.

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    Derek Colman

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Norfolk Dumpling: as none of the papers you refer to are peer-reviewed they're really not worth the paper they're written on! Get some official, reviewed and in- bias figures then I'll be happy to read.

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    norfolkboy15@gmail.com

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • 'Ingo', I congratulate you as you seem to be beginning to change your tune from several months back blogging. The UK Government, courtesy of Ofgem, and the electricity retailers collecting the subsidies which make up ROCs payments from all electricity bill payers, will pay for 1 MWh of offshore electricity generated into the National Grid the princely sum of about £45MWh cost + £96.00 say as 2 ROCsMWh +, and this is also important, £4.50 minMWh Climate Change Levy, which amounts to a "princely" sum of £145.50 per 1,000 Units, a megawatt-hour. CCL included because renewables companies are exempt from paying that generator's carbon change tax. (Even though they force 24-365 fossil fuel backup generation) So, our Government is pouring our monies into foreign state-owned monopolies, never to be reinvested in OUR country. Check up on Vattenfall, Dong, Iberdrola, EDF, Centrica etc, etc, etc, here we already have Statoil and Statkraft, and cry for the next 50 years.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • "norfolkboy15@gmail.com" Have a read: 1."Study of the Effects on Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources",Mar.2009, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. 2."Wind Energy: the Case for Denmark", Sep.2009, CEPOS. 3. "Economic Impacts from the promotion of renewable energies: the German Experience", Oct.2009, Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut. 4. "Worth the Candle", Mar.2011, Verso Economics. 5. "How less became more", Apr.2010, Bentek Energy LLC. The "cake" is working to destroy the economies of the countries featured. Then keep your head buried in the wet sand.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Marvellous, British taxpayers are subsidising Norwegian businesses with our taxes. Once it was the Vikings plundering and pillaging Britain for its riches, now our taxes and the NFFO are used in a similar fashion.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The time is 14.36, 27 September. Approx. 5 minutes ago I left a message which has not been included yet. It stated what the nationalised state conglomerate StatoilStatkraft would be paidMWh approximately in UK £MWh. Something like £145.50MWh [1,000 Units]. Come on EDP, play fair when the truth is written up, even if it is contradicting your obvious "green" agenda with the hard facts of life.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • "norfolkboy15@gmail.com". There is NO cake to have. Actually we don't want completely-electricity-bill-payer-subsidised renewable energy businesses or its NON-sustainable employment in the UK. You can't use the argument that the employees will pay taxes and NI because the subsidies as their wages will be paying those taxes and NI so NO additional wealth will be created for our UK society. And we certainly do not want foreign state-owned nationalised businesses creating fuel poverty in the UK by taking any subsidies (2 ROCs offshore) available through Ofgem. Think about how the £145.50 per MWh is made up and where it came from, our pockets, and start crying because you won't stop for 50 years into your poverty-struck retirement.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The EDP has extensively covered several issues related to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. In the last couple of weeks the EDP ran a double page feature covering many issues including government subsidies, education, the impact on business, reliability of the wind farm etc. And many awkward questions were asked.

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    happy chappy

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • What a great Norwegian affair this will be. When the wind is the wrong sort of wind, we will be using gas imported from Norway to take over from these heavily subsidised wind turbines.!!! It is what is known as a win-win situation - for Norway that is. What ever happens we pay them and they make money. But then Norway has always been quite clever as they had the sense to keep out of the EU too. Don't suppose they would like to have Ed Davey? Especially as he thinks this demonstrates the strength of the UK’s strategic relationship with Norway?

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    andy

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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