UK delays decision on Vattenhall's 1.8-GW Norfolk Vanguard wind project

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December 10 (Renewables Now) - UK secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Andrea Leadsom has requested additional information on the 1.8-GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project developed by Swedish energy group Vattenfall AB, delaying her decision on the project.

The secretary of state had to issue a decision until December 10, three months after she received a recommendation report from the examining authority on the up to 257-turbine project.

According to a request for information made on December 6, the company needs to provide additional information on a number of aspects of the project. These include measures to mitigate the impact of the project on bird populations in protected areas close to the wind farm site, noise levels during the construction of the wind farm and other aspects related to onshore and offshore work on the project.

Vattenhall, Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and a number of county and district councils have until February 28 to provide the requested information. A new deadline for the secretary of state's decision on the project will be set.

The Norfolk Vanguard wind farm is to be located 47 km (29 miles) from the Norfolk coast, East Anglia.

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