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U.K. approves Vattenfall’s plans for 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm

July 06, 2020

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Vattenfall AB secured development consent from the U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, for its application to build the 1.8-GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm off the east coast of England.

The wind farm is expected to power almost 2 million homes each year, with first power expected in the mid-2020s, according to a June 30 news release.

“Investments in major clean energy projects like these are great examples of how we can get the economy moving again, and the Secretary of State’s announcement will boost our ability to meet the [U.K.] government’s 2030 target of 40 GW of offshore wind,” Hugh McNeal, CEO of industry association RenewableUK, said.

The Secretary of State is also inclined to approve Ørsted A/S’s 2.4-GW Hornsea Project 3 offshore wind farm subject to more information being submitted by the end of September, RenewableUK said.

“It’s vital that other shovel-ready renewable and low-carbon projects are also given the go-ahead as soon as possible. Delays of even just a month or so can set back big infrastructure developments by years in some cases. The U.K. has to go much further, much faster, if it’s going to reach its net-zero targets,” Danielle Lane, the country manager and head of offshore wind for Vattenfall in the U.K., said.

Vattenfall recently said it is also planning to build two new onshore wind farms along with battery energy storage facilities in southwest Scotland.

[Maryam Adeeb]

More ($): Vattenfall secures development consent for 1.8-GW offshore wind farm in UK

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