UK again delays ruling on Vattenfall's 1.8-GW wind project off Norfolk

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March 31 (Renewables Now) - The UK government has set June 1, 2020, as the new deadline to decide on whether to allow a 1.8-GW offshore wind project off the Norfolk coast in East Anglia.

In an update on Friday, the Planning Inspectorate says that the applicant, which is a unit of Swedish energy group Vattenfall AB, had provided the Secretary of State with new environmental information regarding the project. As a result, a new deadline has been set for interested parties to comment on the representations -- April 27, 2020.

In a recently published document, the applicant, Norfolk Vanguard Ltd, proposes a reduction of the maximum number of turbines for the project from 180 to 158. This will be accomplished by increasing the minimum turbine size from 10 MW to 11.55 MW.

The Secretary of State was initially supposed to rule on the matter by December 10, 2019, but requested the additional information from Vattenfall, Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and a number of county and district councils.

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