This decision is now expected to be announced on 1st July 2020.
Commenting on the delay to the decision on planning consent for the Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm, Danielle Lane, UK Country Manager for Vattenfall, said:
"Norfolk Vanguard is one of the most innovative and ambitious offshore wind projects in the world. Yet this is now the second time it has suffered a delay, despite addressing all of the major concerns raised during the planning process. Coming so soon after the decision on Norfolk Boreas was pushed back until October, the offshore wind industry will be left wondering about the Government's intentions for this sector.
"We’re in a race against time to reduce emissions and need to respond to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet crucial infrastructure decisions are being put on hold.
“While we appreciate the added difficulties posed by the current lockdown, some of the largest engineering projects ever built - capable of providing clean energy security and a vital economic boost to the UK - remain in limbo. For every day that goes by without a decision, there are consequences for the next phase of the project, so it's vital that there are no further delays."
Key facts about Norfolk Vanguard
|First power expected||Mid 2020s|
|Homes powered equivalent per annum||1.95 million*|
|Amount of C02 saved||3 million tonnes*|
|Equivalent cars removed||1.6 million|
|Geographical scale of offshore site area||592.069km2|
|Distance of the nearest turbine from the shore||47km|
|Landfall location||Happisburgh, Norfolk|
|Length of cabling onshore||60km|
|Number of turbines||Between 90 and 180|
|Height of turbines to tip||Up to 350m|
|Individual turbine capacity||Confirmed when a turbine supplier is selected|
|Jobs created||Approximately 150 for Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas combined once operational. Onshore construction more than 400 during peak.|
|Comparison to other large infrastructure||Hinkley Point C will be up to 2.4GW and Sizewell B is 1.198GW|
Download a fact sheet of these statistics here.