Orsted and Vattenfall want to build three large-scale wind farms off the Norfolk coast
The Scandinavian power companies, Orsted and Vattenfall, are planning to build three large-scale offshore wind farms off the coast of Norfolk, England.
Orsted’s proposed Hornsea Three project would require cables to come ashore at Weybourne, whilst Vattenfall’s Vanguard and Boreas farms’ cables would reach Happisburgh.
Trenches spanning 60km would also need to be dug across Norfolk in order for the wind farms to connect to the National Grid, according to the Eastern Daily Press.
Due to the expected time frame of several years to develop, local residents have complained about community and wildlife destruction.
However, the projects are expected to create thousands of jobs, billions of pounds, and green energy to millions of homes.
“Vattenfall wants to work with Norfolk to capture the benefits of offshore wind,” reported Vattenfall’s Project Manager for Norfolk Vanguard, Ruari Lean.
“There is an opportunity for Norfolk business and securing Norfolk jobs. There is also an opportunity to make a telling impact in the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change.”
According to Vattenfall, although the farms would be mostly built by a specialised, international workforce, post-construction could open permanent employment for operation and maintenance.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.