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ScottishPower Renewables schedules EA1 information days

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ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), developer of the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, has scheduled a series of public information days to allow local communities to find out more about their upcoming programme of work to install cabling under railways, roads and rivers to connect the wind farm to the national grid.

In the early stages of planning the project, SPR made the decision to connect the offshore wind farm to the national grid at Bramford using underground cables, rather than constructing pylons.

Along the 37km route between Bawdsey and Bramford there are approximately 20 locations where Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is required for crossing under waterways and important infrastructure. HDD is an advanced drilling technique, which will help to minimise disruption and reduce environmental impacts.

Residents are invited to find out more about SPR’s plans by attending public information days in Bawdsey, Martlesham and Claydon. The full list of locations and dates are:

Joanna Young, Stakeholder Manager for ScottishPower Renewables, said: "East Anglia ONE is progressing well, with construction underway at the onshore substation in Bramford. To help connect the cables we have planned a Horizontal Directional Drilling programme of work. This involves innovative engineering practices and ensures that we won’t impact on train timetables and minimises road works. The largest drilling operation will allow us to install 700 metres of cable underneath the Deben. We would welcome anyone who wants find out more to come and speak to our project team at the public information days."  

The 714MW East Anglia ONE project will be erected around 45km off the coast of Lowestoft over an area of 300km2. The project will feature 102 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines of type SWT-7.0-154.

Siemens is manufacturing the nacelles in Cuxhaven, Germany and plans to produce the corresponding wind turbine blades for the project at its new facility in Hull. Navantia and Lamprell have begun fabrication of the turbine foundations

Offshore construction is estimated to start in 2018 with the installation of the foundations and full commissioning scheduled as early as 2020. The project is expected to meet the energy demands of 500,000 British households annually.

Further to East Anglia ONE, SPR is also developing the East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North offshore wind farms. The projects are to be located approximately 31km and 36km off the coast of Lowestoft respectively and initial studies have indicated a potential generating capacity of up to 800MW for both sites.

SPR is currently undertaking an internal review of the existing environmental data available on the project areas and are carrying out relevant surveys. Monthly offshore surveys of birds and marine mammals are continuing and further remote sensing surveys of the seabed (geophysical) which took place over the summer 2017 will continue in spring 2018 to inform archaeology and ecological assessments. Onshore environmental surveys are scheduled to commence in the spring 2018 following selection of a preferred cable route.  

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