Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 14 September 2018
From Bidwells on behalf of Sir Edward Evans-Lombe

Representation

As presently planned, the Orsted cable line will run about 55kms to the Swardeston National Grid receiving station and The Vattenfall Line will run about 60km to the Necton receiving station. These lines will actually cross each other at Salle. Vattenfall have ‘booked’ their Necton destination with the National Grid.

These arrangements appear to run contrary to common sense because Orsted’s landing point is much closer to Necton than Vattenfall’s and Vattenfall’s landing point is much closer to Swardeston than Orsted’s.

It is calculated that, if Orsted and Vattenfall swapped destinations, 22kms of cable would be saved. If both lines came ashore close to each other east of Cromer and then ran together to the closest National Grid receiving station, possibly Swardeston, or a new receiving station at or near North Walsham, up to 80km of cable line would be saved.

These savings of line would lead to substantial savings of installation cost and public amenity. If the “East of Cromer Solution” was adopted, these savings would be massive. Further, it appears it might be possible for Orsted to connect with The National Grid at Walpole to the west of Kings Lynn where loss of amenity would be minimal.

The making of a Development Consent Order as proposed should be made conditional on Vatenfall agreeing to give up it’s “booking” of Necton, thus making it available to Orsted. The Applicants should be required to investigate the East of Cromer Solution and the Walpole Solution and report to the Planning Authority.

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