Development Consent delay for East Anglia offshore wind farms

The Secretary of State (SoS) for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has set a new deadline for the decision to be made on the development consent for two Norfolk offshore wind farms. It concerns the East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO offshore wind farms being developed by ScottishPower Renewables.

The SoS requested information from the applicant, Suffolk County Council, Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and all other Interested Parties. The deadline for responses to this second round of consultations and comments on responses to the first consultation round is 23.59 pm on 31 January 2022.

The consultation seeks views on offshore ornithology, great crested newt, outline landscape and ecological management strategy and the marine licence.

The SoS has set a new deadline of 31 March 2022.

ScottishPower Renewables stated that it will continue to engage fully and proactively with the process. It also outlined that it remains committed to developing major offshore projects to deliver the UK’s Net Zero goals and to create long-term benefits for the local and wider UK economy.

Alongside East Anglia East
THREE, the two projects make up the ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia hub. The turbines from East Anglia ONE North, TWO and THREE that form the 3.1 GW East Anglia Hub will be among the world’s most powerful. East Anglia THREE has already secured consent. Subject to the outcome of the planning considerations, construction of the East Anglia Hub is expected to commence in 2023, with completion in 2026.

The installation of the East Anglia Hub will follow the
East Anglia ONE project which was put into operation in July 2020. Located 43 km off the coasts of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, the £2.5 billion East Anglia ONE project is owened by ScottishPower Renewables (60%), Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (20%), The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (14.3%) and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (5.7%).

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