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Petition launched to stop windfarm substations with off-shore solution

PUBLISHED: 11:15 10 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 10 June 2019

Orsted’s Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, located off the north Norfolk coast. Picture: Alasdair Smith/Courtesy of Orsted

Orsted's Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, located off the north Norfolk coast. Picture: Alasdair Smith/Courtesy of Orsted

Alasdair Smith

A petition urging the government to compel the firms behind plans for two windfarms to link their supply lines offshore rather than build separate substations in Norfolk has gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

Jan Burley, from Happisburgh, has launched the petition to "Make offshore windfarms connect to the grid by an offshore ring main" rather than build substations on land to connect their electricity to the National Grid.

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The petition reads: "The current proposal of Vattenfall is to build two offshore windfarms, Vanguard and Boreas, trenching 60km across North Norfolk from the fragile and eroding cliffs at Happisburgh to the village of Necton where vast substations are to be built in the fields.

"The Orsted Hornsea Three trenches from Weybourne will meet and cross over the Vattenfall trenches on their way to connect to the grid at Norwich. These windfarms are not even connecting to their closest connection point."

The petition can be found online by searching petition.parliament.uk for "Make offshore windfarms connect to the grid by an Offshore Ring Main".

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