Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 14 September 2018
From Orsted Wind Power A/S


Orsted Wind Power A/S (Orsted) has received notification that the Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm (Norfolk Vanguard) has been accepted for examination. Please accept this as Orsted’s representation that it has an interest in the Norfolk Vanguard application, and wishes to be treated as an interested party for the purposes of the examination process.

Orsted is the promoter of the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm (Hornsea Three). Hornsea Three’s application was submitted in May 2018, accepted for examination in June 2018 and the examination process will commence on 2nd October 2018.

General and Project Need: In principle, Orsted supports Norfolk Vanguard as it will provide an important contribution towards meeting the UK government's renewable energy targets, and will enable the UK to continue its growth in the offshore wind sector. The UK is bound by national and international obligations on climate change and energy legislation. For example, the Energy Act 2013 makes provisions to incentivise investment in low carbon electricity generation, ensure security of supply, and help the UK meet its emission reduction and renewables targets. National planning policy is also supportive, with Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) supporting the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive, with new projects urgently needed in order to ensure that this target is met (Paragraph 3.4.1) and with Offshore wind expected to provide the largest single contribution towards the 2020 renewable energy generation targets (Paragraph 3.4.3).

Environmental Impacts: Offshore, whilst the siting of the offshore array, export cable route and the onshore connection points of the two projects differ, the Norfolk Vanguard cumulative impacts for some topics / receptors interact with Hornsea Three.

Onshore, the export cable corridor for the projects will cross at land north east of Reepham, Norfolk. In addition, Hornsea Three understand that Norfolk Vanguard's sister project, Norfolk Boreas (which is due to submit a separate application for Development Consent in June 2019 [Source: Planning Inspectorates project page]), will follow the same onshore cable corridor and therefore also cross the Hornsea Three onshore cable corridor near Reepham. The onshore construction works for the projects also make use of land near Oulton Street, with Hornsea Three utilising the established hard standing area at Oulton Airfield to accommodate its main construction compound and Norfolk Vanguard utilising a cable logistics area on land to the south east of Oulton Airfield.

Where the onshore cable route for the projects cross, or where there is potential for direct interaction in and around Oulton Street, Hornsea Project Three will continue to work with Noroflk Vanguard:-
• To manage construction traffic impacts, Hornsea Three advocates consistent approaches to construction traffic management – we expect both projects to continue to work together and exchange information to ensure that an assessment can be made of the cumulative impact of both projects.
• To manage impacts on public rights of way, Hornsea Three advocates consistent approaches to the management of Reepham footpaths FP18 and FP34.
• To manage archaeological impacts, if required where the cable corridors cross, Hornsea Three advocates a consistent approach to targeted geophysical survey and trial trenching through a consistent approach to (Archaeological) Written Schemes of Investigation (WSI) being agreed with the relevant authorities prior to commencement of the consented works where the cables cross.

Offshore, in general, Hornsea Three welcomes the findings of the cumulative and in-combination assessments as far as they relate to the Hornsea Three. Cumulative impacts between Norfolk Vanguard and Hornsea Three include:-
• Fish and shellfish;
• Marine mammals;
• Offshore ornithology;
• Commercial fisheries;
• Aviation; and
• Marine archaeology.

Now that both projects have completed their Environmental Statements and have published their applications, Orsted is confident that any potential concerns with regard to cumulative and in-combination impacts can be readily addressed. To support this, Hornsea Three is in regular contact with Norfolk Vanguard’s promoters, Vattenfall, at all levels of the project and have sought, and will continue to seek, to liaise on environmental matters. Orsted reserves the right to make further representations throughout the forthcoming examination period.