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Norfolk Vanguard

We are exploring the potential to develop one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms

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About the Project

What are we proposing?

Norfolk Vanguard

We are developing an offshore wind project, called Norfolk Vanguard. The 1.8 gigawatt (GW) development area would be located more than 47km from the Norfolk Coast. In fact, from the shore you won’t be able to see it.

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.

We have now submitted our Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate and received a Scoping Opinion in response.

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 here.

You can download the Scoping Report today, and read the newsletter which was sent to more than 20,000 homes in Norfolk.

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The Elements of Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm

We've prepared a conceptual model to guide you through the key elements of an offshore wind farm. It is an indicative model intended to give you an understanding of the project’s key aspects.

Project Background

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 have now started developing plans for the northern half of the zone, which is split into two development areas: Norfolk Vanguard, and a second, called Norfolk Boreas, both named after ships commanded by Lord Nelson in the 1700s.

The remaining target capacity (1.8GW) will be developed at a later stage. This later project will be called Norfolk Boreas and will be the subject of a separate planning application. Further information on this will be announced in due course.

Combined, the two projects will have an operating capacity of 3.6GW, with the potential to provide power to up to 2.6million1 UK homes.

Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm Proposed Map

Download a copy of the map here.

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About the Project

What are we proposing?

We are exploring the potential to develop one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms which will be located in the North Sea, off the coast of Norfolk.

The planning process

Who makes the decision?

Because of its scale and power generation capacity, the project is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

The consultation process

Get involved

If you missed the local events in March and April 2017 you can now get involved online by following the link on this page.

Supply chain

Opportunities and investment

We will seek to work in partnership with communities in Norfolk to capture the benefits of offshore wind.


Latest updates

You can follow all the latest news about Norfolk Vanguard and view our Frequently Asked Questions on this page.


The library

As the project develops you can visit this area to view or download various documents.