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Suffolk Coast: Application submitted for giant East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

13:29 17 December 2012

A planning application has been submitted for a giant wind farm off the Suffolk coast

A planning application has been submitted for a giant wind farm off the Suffolk coast

Mike Page

A PROPOSED giant wind farm off the Suffolk coast could generate £500m for the local economy, it has been revealed.

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What East Anglia ONE project will include

Offshore wind turbines and foundations (up to 325 wind turbines to provide an installed capacity of 1,200MW)

Up to three offshore collector stations and up to two offshore converter stations and their foundations to collect the electricity from the turbines and transform it to a form suitable for transfer to shore.

Up to four seabed export cables, each around 73km in length, to transfer the electricity to shore.

A landfall site with onshore transition pits to connect the offshore and onshore cables.

Up to four onshore underground cables, each of around 37km in length, to transfer the electricity from landfall to an onshore converter station.

Up to eight cable ducts for two future East Anglia projects to connect into Bramford Substation to limit the impact of future construction operations, as cables could be pulled through the pre-laid ducts.

An onshore converter station adjacent to the existing substation at Bramford, Suffolk, to connect the offshore windfarm to the National Grid.

East Anglia Offshore Wind (EAOW), a 50-50 joint venture between Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables, has today formally submitted a planning application for a 1,200MW offshore windfarm, stretching from Lowestoft to Orford - with power coming onshore at Bawdsey. .

Bosses say construction could begin in 2016 - with the first power exported in 2018.

The development, known as East Anglia ONE, will require up to 325 wind turbines and covers an area of 300km2 in the southern North Sea.

The project will be able to power the annual electricity demands of around 770,000 homes.

It is anticipated that the development, the first of six potential projects in the East Anglia Zone, could support up to 2,700 jobs across the UK during the construction phase, representing more than £170m for the UK economy for each year of construction.

More than 1,600 construction jobs could be supported in the East Anglia region alone, adding over £100m to the regional economy annually during construction.

The planning application will be considered by the National Infrastructure Directorate.

If approved, it is anticipated that onshore construction could begin in 2016, with offshore work starting in 2017 and first power generation achieved in 2018.

Andy Paine, EAOW programme director, said: “This is the largest renewable energy project that either Vattenfall or ScottishPower Renewables are developing anywhere in the world.

“We are delighted to have achieved this major milestone today, following three years of detailed planning and community consultation.

“East Anglia ONE is a major project that could make a significant contribution to the UK’s carbon reduction targets, and is larger than any offshore windfarm currently in operation.

“Developments like this not only make a substantial contribution to the environment, they also have a significant positive impact on both the local and national economy.

“Thousands of skilled jobs will be required to construct and manage a project on this scale, which highlights the importance of the offshore wind sector for the UK economy following the recession.

“Offshore wind will support a new supply chain that will attract billions of pounds of investment and create highly- skilled employment in the engineering and construction sectors for decades.

“Our application will now be considered by the National Infrastructure Directorate, but work on the project will continue and 2013 will be a major year for the scheme. We will start the process of meeting and talking to companies across the East Anglia region and beyond who have the skills and services to support the project.”

Once completed, ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall expect that up to 170 engineers and technicians will be required to provide operations and maintenance support for the project. These jobs will be required for more than 20 years and will add over £10m to the local economy on an annual basis, the companies claim.

In total, for the three years of construction and 20-plus years of operation for East Anglia ONE the region’s economy could be boosted by £500m and see nearly 1,800 jobs supported or secured.

During the planning process alone, just under £7m of contracts have been awarded to local companies working on the project and a £17m contract was awarded to Wood Group of Aberdeen for the construction and installation of weather monitoring masts.

The UK Government - through The Crown Estate - is supporting the development of up to 32GW of offshore wind generation in British waters.

Within this, East Anglia Offshore Wind is one of the largest and most ambitious renewable energy projects in the world.

In total, the six projects within the zone could generate up to 7.2GW of electricity and power the annual demands of more than 4.6 million homes.

People now have an opportunity to register to have a say on the plans.

Visit www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure or call 0303 444 5000 for information.

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10 comments

  • I, too, was impressed by the boost to the local economy around Wells which was reported on 'Inside Out' last night. It did appear that the local businesses which were shown to be thriving had been fairly pro-active in securing contracts. The stated commitment of the turbine company to the local community was also good to hear.

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    point du jour

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • With such a big project just off Lowestoft, let's hope the port and the town gets a large slice of the work. The SSE operations and maintanence headquarters at Lowestoft has already given a boost to the town, the largest proposals should build on what Lowestoft has already achieved. It's good to see that the port is in line for new deep water berths next year.

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    Port Watcher

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Bring on the day trips.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Fantastic news..... Its 43km offshore, so out of sight. Let us also make sure that those oil tankers cannot come landside of the farm and it will get rid of that eyesore too.

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    Mooncat

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Right idea, Right place. There have been very few "no wind" days this year and there is a place in society for alternative energy systems. These will be a lot more beneficial than the proposed thousands of solar panels ruining the countryside. That is were the focus of all the negative comments need to be, not offshore develops. There are benefits to the UK with jobs and onshore support functions. But you all seem worried that others may also get some benefit from it, try to reflect on that when you get into your foriegn car or turn on your foriegn TV etc. You may have even sent this message via your foriegn made iphone or ipad.... but then again you are all so patriotic that you wouldn't have such nasty things in your house, would you? Your problem is: You are just anti wind energy.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Hundreds of jobs for foreign workers,loads of boats made in China and turbines from god knows where. All for a monumental eyesore of ineffective generators and dearer electric bills. Sounds like a good idea.

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    kevin bacon

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • 2 thoughts............... The combined output of 325 turbines in zero wind is.............zero! Does anyone know where the revenue is going this time, Norway, Germany??????????

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    Windless

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • 500 million for the local economy? It is chicken feed compared to the billions of tax payers money squandered on these useless unsightly wind farms.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I work on a vessel that lays the export cable, we have a crew of 60, 50 of those are British. We have 1 tug and 2 multicats as support, again British crewed. The numerous windcats that ferry out supplies abd personnel are again all British crewed. The teams that wok shoreside to prepare for landing the cable ashore are again all British. This is great news for the industry! Why are people always so negative?

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    Sailorman

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • At last, someone with some positive comments. If anyone saw the Inside Out programme yesterday they would have seen the benefits that have accrued from just 88 turbines. There are thousands more to be built and the benefits should be commensurately more if the contractor's deliver on the Government's aspiration to have 50% of the value to be UK derived.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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