Dong Energy to hold further Hornsea Project Three consultations

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2017

Dong Energy will enter into a third round of community consultations over the proposed offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Three, later this summer. 

The team will head to Norfolk in September to seek views on its proposed cable route, which cuts down from The Wash to Norwich.

Having just helped Grimsby pass the 1GW of installed offshore wind capacity, the Danish giant continues to build out Race Bank and is also on with early stage construction for Hornsea Project One. 

At 1.2GW it will become the world's largest, but the Danish giant isn't stopping there.

Hornsea Project Two (1.8GW) is awaiting a final investment decision, and is understood to be with government at present for the latest subsidy round. 

Hornsea Project Three, if fully built out, would offer 2.4GW, enough power to meet the average daily needs of well over two million UK homes

Stuart Livesey, project development manager, told how initial proposals have been refined, including extending the minimum burial depth of the cable to allow farmers to comfortably plough their land once the cables have been installed. 

The three projects will each take the title of world’s largest as developments stand. 

Seven consultation events will take place, at which Dong will present findings of initial surveys and assessments in what is known as a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PIER).

This report will also form the basis of statutory consultation which will take place over the summer.

Mr Livesey said: “I’d like to thank everyone that took the time to come to our events in March. Since then we have been working hard to consider all feedback and to further refine our proposals.

“In the PEIR and at the upcoming events, we’ll share the proposed onshore HVAC booster station location and onshore substation location in the vicinity of Norwich Main National Grid substation, so we would encourage anyone who wants to know more to come along if they can, and if not to get in touch.

“We’ve already listened to feedback from the public and made real changes both to the project plan and how we communicate with people.

“For example we heard local landowners’ concerns about the burial depth of the underground cables, and as a result we have extended the minimum depth to allow the farmers to comfortably plough their land once the cables have been installed. The proposed booster station location has been refined based on public feedback and technical assessments.

“We are determined to operate as a fully transparent project and really don’t want to have any negative impact on the community or environment. If there are any uncertainties and clarification is needed, please just ask. This project could contribute significantly to the UK’s energy needs, and it absolutely must be developed in a way that will limit disturbance as much as possible.”

‚ÄčThe project team is exploring an offshore area, 120km off the coast, of up to 696 sq km, which is more than 17 times the size of Norwich.

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