About the Project
What are we proposing?
We are proposing to develop an offshore wind farm called Norfolk Vanguard. The 1.8 gigawatt (GW) development area would be located more than 47km from the Norfolk Coast and would meet the electricity demand of around 1.3 million UK households. From the shore you would not be able to see Norfolk Vanguard.
Norfolk Vanguard has a sister project called Norfolk Boreas, this is one year behind Vanguard in its development, but is of the same size. It would also be located 47km from the Norfolk Coast. Link to Norfolk Boreas here.
The scale of Norfolk Vanguard means it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008. There is a very clear process that we will follow, with many opportunities for you to get involved.
In October 2016 we submitted the Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate and received a Scoping Opinion in response. You can download the Scoping Report from the documents page here.
We hosted our first round of Public Information Days in October 2016 and the second round in March and April 2017 for local communities to continue their dialogue with us. Find out more on the consultation page here.
In 2010, Vattenfall acquired rights from The Crown Estate, in a joint venture with ScottishPower Renewables, to develop the East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm Zone.
In February 2016 the joint venture between Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables was dissolved and replaced with individual ‘Project Specific Agreements’ from The Crown Estate for each developer to progress their interests independently.
These new working arrangements are a more effective way to secure the potential of the zone and deliver low cost, low carbon power to the UK consumer.
We are now developing plans for the northern half of the zone, which is split into two development areas: Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas, both named after ships commanded by Lord Nelson in the 1700s. Together the projects will have a combined capacity of 3.6GW, representing approximately 10% of current domestic UK electricity demand.
Why two projects
Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas are two separate projects and will be subject to two separate planning applications. However, in our experience, developing adjacent or clustered projects, in sequence, aids the delivery of low cost renewable energy and minimises impact through:
- Shared infrastructure
- Improved knowledge transfer
- Phased deployment of best technology and processes
Download a copy of the map here.