NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN SUFFOLK UPDATE
Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia TWO and ONE North Offshore Wind Farms
- Proposed connections to a new substation at Friston via HVAC undersea and underground cables.
- SCC can confirm that it is continuing to deal with the discharge of the requirements (together with colleagues at ESC etc.) and that SCC will continue to inform Friston PC of when this is happening. There are currently no open Discharge of Requirement submissions.
- SCC are pleased to see that SPR have taken steps to improve communication via their website.
- SCC are also aware of the legal challenges to the Development Order Consents by SASES and SEAS.
- SCC understands that these projects were not submitted to the most recent Contracts for Difference subsidy round but are likely to be to the next round in 2024.
Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia ONE and THREE Offshore Wind Farms
- EA1 is already operational and connects to a new substation at Bramford via HVAC undersea and underground cables.
- EA3 is currently under construction and will connect to a new Converter Station at Bramford via HVDC undersea and underground cables.
- SCC are working with colleagues at ESC and BMSDC for the Discharge of the Requirements upon EA3, as SCC does not have discharging authority for this project.
National Grid Electricity Transmission SeaLink High Voltage Direct Current undersea link with Kent
- Proposed to connection to a new substation at Friston
- The Statutory Consultation stage has been announced publicly by National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) and is taking place between 24th October – 18th December 2023
- Public information events were held at the Old Generator Station, Aldeburgh on 7th and 8th November and on 24th and 25th at Market Hall, Saxmundham
- NGET is currently undertaking further survey work and has been in contact with local landowners
- SCC is urging SeaLink to coordinate with other UK projects including LionLink and will be taking a Report to the next Cabinet meeting on the 12th December.
National Grid Ventures LionLink Multi-Purpose Interconnector with Holland
- Includes a proposed link to Dutch Offshore Wind Farm
- Proposed connection to a new substation at Friston
- A second Non-Statutory Consultation stage, which includes two additional options for landfall at Southwold and Walberswick closed on 3rd November.
- SCC is urging LionLink to coordinate with other UK projects including SeaLink.
National Grid Ventures Nautilus Multi-Purpose Interconnector with Belgium
- Includes proposed link to Belgium Offshore Windfarm.
- Following the non-statutory consultation stage focus has shifted to connecting to the Isle of Grain in Kent instead of a new substation at Friston.
- SCC is continuing to monitor the project.
Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm
- Located off the Suffolk Coast.
- Proposed to connect to a new substation at Lawford in Essex
- Statutory Consultation recently ended and the County Council made representations including in respect of the Seascape, Landscape and Visual impacts of the wind turbines including with reference to in particular the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Whether or not Five Estuaries will coordinate with other projects offshore is still not known.
North Falls Offshore Wind Farm
- Located off the Suffolk Coast.
- Proposed to connect at a new substation at Lawford in Essex
- Statutory Consultation recently ended, and the County Council made representations including in respect of the Seascape, Landscape and Visual impacts of the wind turbines including with reference to in particular the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- As a result of the responses received from the Statutory Consultation, the developer has removed the northern section of the proposals which has moved the project further from the shore from 22km to 42km, also reducing the scheme in size from 150km3 to 95km3.
- The amendments to the scheme will considerably reduce what will be visible from the shore, particularly from the Suffolk Coast.
- Whether or not North Falls will coordinate with other projects offshore is still not known.
SZC Nuclear Power Station
- SZC has begun preparations for formal commencement of the project. SCC officers are heavily involved in these discussions as formal commencement will trigger many of the mitigations and obligations required by the Development Consent Order (DCO) and the Deed of Obligation.
- SZC also continue its pre-commencement activities in relation to site preparation, ecological mitigation and preparing for highways improvements.
- In respect of SZC the County Council can confirm that they are continuing to deal with the discharge of the requirements (together with colleagues at ESC etc.)
- The County Council are also aware of the legal challenge to the Development Order Consent by TASC.
Bramford to Twinstead 400kV Grid Reinforcement
- This would connect Bramford Substation to Twinstead Tee in Essex and will include a new Grid supply point at Wickham St Paul.
- The Examination in Public began on the 13 September and is due to end on the 12 March 2024.
- SCC are attending alongside other local authorities including B&MSDCs.
Norwich to Tilbury 400Kv Grid Reinforcement
- This would connect Norwich and Tilbury sustations via Bramford substation and a new substation at Lawford.
- Would provide connections for North Falls and Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farms.
- The project has recently undergone a second round of Non-Statutory Consultation.
- SCC’s preference is for a coordinated offshore grid but continues to engage with the existing proposals in order to ensure the best outcomes should the current proposals be consented.
Sunnica Solar Farm
- This project straddles the border with Cambridgeshire.
- The Secretary of States decision has been delayed until the 7 December.
Suffolk County Council Gull Wing Bridge
- This project is currently under construction
- All sections of the deck excluding the central bascule are now in place and are undergoing completion as is the control tower
- The bridge is expected to be open on the first half of 2024
Progress Power Gas Fired Peaking Plant
- This project is currently under construction after acquisition by Drax
- The project has attracted some attention recently in the local media in respect of the Abnormal Indivisible Loads of in excess of 300 tonnes consisting of transformers will be making their way to the site at the former Eye Airfield from the Port of Ipswich
Further Solar Farms
- SCC has been made aware of a number of potential solar farm projects within the B&MSDC area.