Vattenfall, a Swedish, state owned, energy company, has one of the largest deployments of wind farms in Europe. In 2016, the company entered into an agreement to develop Norfolk Vanguard off the coast of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, which is expected to generate enough electricity for 1.3 million homes per year.
A driver behind the project is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement on international commitments to limit global warming. In addition, at a national level, the development will make a significant contribution to a sustainable and effective energy mix and security of supply. Locally, it is a major investment. It will require skilled personnel during all project phases from development, through construction to 20 plus years of operations and management and eventually decommissioning. There are also exciting opportunities for the country’s supply chain.
Engagement with local communities and stakeholders began early in the development process in order to shape the project to deliver local benefits. “Considering a wide range of perspectives and intelligence supports robust decision making as we refine our plans. We gain a better understanding of environmental and socio-economic constraints which helps us to avoid or reduce any negative impacts and identify opportunities to address local interests and needs,” Ruari Lean Norfolk Vanguard Project Manager, Vattenfall explained.
Mr Lean added: “Environmental impacts of such a significant infrastructure project need to be understood, avoided and mitigated where possible. This is done through the Environmental Impact Assessment, managed by Royal HaskoningDHV. The process identifies potential local environmental effects while ensuring statutory consultees and relevant non-statutory bodies are fully engaged. The team is embedded within Vattenfall’s wider development team and is on hand to provide advice on aspects of the project as it progresses”.
Norfolk Vanguard and its sister project Norfolk Boreas are important elements of Vattenfall’s ambition to triple its wind power capacity over the next seven years on its drive to more sustainable power production and carbon neutrality by 2050.
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