Equinor updates community on its Norfolk offshore wind farm extensions

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 24/11/2021 Equinor

On behalf of
Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon (SEP and DEP) offshore wind farm extension projects, Equinor has published a summary of its phase two consultation, which took place in summer this year. The summary report provides an update on proposals to the two wind farm projects in response to the consultation, and upcoming plans to meet the community.
 
The second phase of consultation was completed in the summer, and Equinor reported that it received over 300 pieces of feedback from the local community and welcomed over 1200 visitors to its virtual exhibition. Since then, the company has been refining their proposals using feedback from the consultation and more information from technical and environmental studies.
 
The
recently published consultation summary report published , highlights common feedback received at phase two and provides detail on what is being done in response. For example, to reduce local traffic and hedgerow impacts, Equinor has committed to increase the number of trenchless road crossings by more than double along its onshore cable route for SEP and DEP.
 
Equinor has also announced plans to visit communities in person in early 2022 to present refined proposals to the community, dependent on Covid restrictions at the time. More detail on the upcoming Public Information Days on the offshore wind farm extension projects will be advertised closer to the time, in local media and online.

Kari-Hege Mørk, Equinor’s Project Director for SEP and DEP said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation. We received lots of insightful feedback on our proposals and have been carefully considering all comments and suggestions. We also took the decision to allow more time for further studies, to ensure that our proposals are robust ahead of our application submission in early summer 2022.
 
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to visit Norfolk in early 2022 to update communities on our refined proposals following the valuable feedback that was received”.


SEP and DEP are classified as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) which means Equinor will apply for a DCO from the Secretary of State for Business Energy and industrial Strategy (BEIS). Equinor and its partners are seeking to minimise potential impacts on the community and the environment by proposing a shared onshore grid connection footprint for the two projects and applying for one common DCO.


Equinor is also supporting the work already underway for a longer term solution for more coordinated infrastructure in Norfolk as part of the Government’s ongoing Offshore Transmission Network Review.

The two projects will double the capacity of the
Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms, off the Norfolk coast, providing renewable energy to an additional 820,000 UK homes. The development of SEP and DEP are being brought forward by operator Equinor on behalf of the owners.

The company currently operates two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast: Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon, which together generate enough renewable electricity to power around 750,000 UK homes. Equinor is developing plans to extend both sites, doubling the total capacity from its Norfolk operations to over 1400 MW, enough to power over 1.5 million homes.


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