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Drop-in meeting to discuss expansion of wind farms off coast

PUBLISHED: 09:27 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:27 24 October 2019

Map showing the area being looked at for cable corridors for the expansion to Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal wind farms. Image: Equinor/Royal HaskoningDHV

Map showing the area being looked at for cable corridors for the expansion to Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal wind farms. Image: Equinor/Royal HaskoningDHV

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A drop-in public meeting will be held at Aylsham Town Hall to discuss the expansion of two wind farms off the Norfolk coast.

Norwegian energy firm Equinor is leading a project to build 34 new turbines at Dudgeon wind farm, 30km from Cromer, and 27 turbines at Sheringham Shoal wind farm. Each project will bring more than 100MW of renewable energy, according to a report by Equinor.

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The firm also said the projects would reduce carbon emissions, provide energy security and bring economic benefits.

The cables would be brought ashore either at Bacton or Weybourne and connected to the National Grid south of Norwich at Swardeston.

But to do that they would need to dig a 60km-long cable trench from north Norfolk to Norwich which will lead to years of construction work and harm the environment, the report added. The meeting is between 1pm and 7pm on Monday, October 28.

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