Suffolk: New consultation over East Anglia One windfarm bid

FRESH details will this week emerge over a major scheme to connect an offshore wind farm to the national grid.

Power from East Anglia One – set to be built 43km off the Suffolk coast – is planned to be brought onshore at Bawdsey and taken underground to a converter station at Bramford, via Woodbridge.

East Anglia One, a joint venture between Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Wind Power, is the first stage of one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

Three information sessions will be held this week to give affected communities more detail on the route and proposed construction methods.

The first will be tomorrow at Woodbridge Library (1pm-7pm), followed by one at Bramford Church Rooms (also 1pm-7pm) on Wednesday and another at Bawdsey Village Hall (1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm) on Thursday.

Andy Paine, programme director at East Anglia Offshore Wind, said: “To reduce the visual impact of the work, we have already established that all onshore cables will be undergrounded and the converter station will be located adjacent to the existing substation at Bramford.

“We have now been able to develop our plans beyond the initial route corridors that we were investigating, and we have made every effort to minimise any potential impact for communities surrounding the cable route.

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“We have also been working closely with a range of environmental organisations to ensure that our work will not adversely affect wildlife in the area. We look forward to speaking to as many members of the community as possible, as all comments and feedback are important to developing our plans.”