The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP announced yesterday that Vattenfall has been granted the permissions to start developing their 1800MW Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm. The Development Consent Order of the Secretary of State allows the project to be constructed and to generate clean, carbon free, renewable electricity with enough electricity to power almost 2 million homes in the UK.

Royal HaskoningDHV have been working as lead  EIA and consent  consultants, working closely and alongside the Vattenfall Norfolk Vanguard development team since early 2016.   Royal HaskoningDHV’s EIA project manager Gemma Keenan said  “We are delighted that the hard work of the Vattenfall and Royal HaskoningDHV team in developing the project has been rewarded  with the  granting of the DCO today.  At 1800MW this project makes a vital contribution to  achieving the  UK’s aim of zero carbon emissions by 2050”.    

Norfolk Vanguard is one of two  1800MW offshore wind farms that  Vattenfall are developing  in the UK.  Its sister project Norfolk Boreas is  currently progressing through the planning system, and is also supported by Royal HaskoningDHV. Together the two projects power up to 3.9 million homes in the  UK.
This is a great achievement for the  Vanguard team and the culmination of a lot of hard work, and innovation over  the past 5 years.  The team’s patient, science led engagement with regulators and stakeholders  enabled solutions to be found for even the most complex issues we faced.

Alistair Davison

Global Renewable Sector Director Royal HaskoningDHV