Consultation with key stakeholders began for East Anglia ONE
Consultation with key stakeholders began for East Anglia ONE.
First public consultation events held
On 20th July 2010 the project team visited communities in Great Yarmouth to introduce the project, followed by a visit to communities in Lowestoft on 21st July 2010. In July 2010, we also submitted a Scoping Report and a Supplementary Scoping Report relating to the Electricity Works for East Anglia ONE to the Infrastructure Planning Commission
Scoping Report submitted
In July 2010, we submitted a Scoping Report and a Supplementary Scoping Report relating to the Electricity Works for East Anglia ONE to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
Formal Scoping Opinion received
In November 2010 we received the formal Scoping Opinion from the Infrastructure Planning Commission for East Anglia ONE.
Consultation on the Statement of Community Consultation began
In January 2011 we began to consult on a document known as the Statement of Community Consultation, detailing how we proposed to formal consult with interested parties throughout the development of the East Anglia ONE project. This process ran until April 2011.
Statement of Community Consultation published and events held
After consulting with a wide range of parties, we formally published our Statement of Community Consultation for East Anglia ONE. This document outlines the ways in which we would keep interested parties updated with our progress through development. We also held local consultation events to review and discuss this document.
Phase 1 consultation and the Electricity Transmission Works Scoping Report submitted
On 20th and 21st July 2011, we submitted an Electricity Transmission Works Scoping Report and held information days in Felixstowe and Ipswich to discuss the electrical transmission works for East Anglia ONE, specifically the onshore and offshore cables and the converter station location. We also organised four unmanned exhibitions throughout the local area.
The formal consultation period was extended from the 18th August 2011 to the 31st October 2011 to offer further engagement opportunities with the local community.
Phase 2 Part 1 consultation held
From 10th February 2012 to the 30th March 2012 we formally consulted on our proposals for East Anglia ONE and its associated onshore and offshore electrical works and cables. We held four public information days and also organised additional meetings with community groups and fishing groups.
Preliminary Environmental Information Report published
In February 2012 we published a document called the Preliminary Environmental Information Report for East Anglia ONE, which outlined details of our proposals for the windfarm, for its cable route and its grid connection. This initiated two rounds of public consultation in February 2012 and also in July 2012.
Phase 2 Part 2 consultation held
From 6th July 2012 to 3rd September 2012 we undertook the second part of the phase two consultation for the East Anglia ONE project, its associated onshore and offshore electrical works and its cables.
Application Submission and Scoping Request
After concluding consultations on our detailed proposals, we finalised our application for consent for East Anglia ONE and submitted this to the Planning Inspectorate for review.
We also submitted our Scoping Report for East Anglia THREE to the Planning Inspectorate for Review.
Scoping Opinion and Application Acceptance
In December 2012, the Planning Inspectorate reviewed our application for consent for East Anglia ONE and confirmed that we had provided all of the relevant information to enable to this to be formally reviewed.
For East Anglia THREE we also received the Planning Inspectorate’s scoping opinion.
Jan - Mar 2013
Forty-day Post Application Consultation
From 25th January 2013 to 6th March 2013, a further forty day consultation took place to invite people to provide their views on East Anglia ONE directly to the Planning Inspectorate.
Supplementary Environmental Information published
Following further consultation held by the Planning Inspectorate, we published supplementary information in support of our application for consent for East Anglia ONE. This was open for consultation from 17th May 2013 to 16th June 2013.
Examination period for East Anglia ONE began
A preliminary meeting for the review of the East Anglia ONE application for consent was held on the 25th June 2013. The examination period followed for six months and during this time the project team supplied additional information and attended open floor hearings.
Consultation strategy published
In September 2013 we published our Statement of Community Consultation, outlining how we proposed to engage with communities throughout the development of East Anglia THREE. Throughout October and November 2013, we hosted local events for interested parties to give us their feedback on this document.
East Anglia THREE consultation
In May 2014 we published the Preliminary Environmental Information Report for East Anglia THREE and undertook public consultation on this throughout June and July.
Consent granted for East Anglia ONE
Following a six month examination period, the Planning Inspectorate awarded consent for East Anglia ONE.
Contract for Difference awarded
East Anglia ONE is awarded a Contract for Difference at £119 per MWh, making it the most cost-effective offshore windfarm to be delivered in the UK to date.
East Anglia THREE consultation
We consulted on the proposed construction phasing scenarios and some changes we were making to the project description for East Anglia THREE, in preparation for submitting an application for consent.
UK’s most significant wind power deal signed for East Anglia ONE
Siemens has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the East Anglia ONE, in the biggest deal ever concluded for a consented project in the UK wind energy sector.
Supply Chain Event held for local companies
More than 200 people attended a specialist event hosted by EEEGR to engage with our main contractors and learn about opportunities to become involved with East Anglia ONE.
East Anglia THREE application submitted
Following three years of development, detailed design and consultation, we submitted our finalised application for consent for East Anglia THREE.
30 year deal with Port of Lowestoft
A £25 million, 30-year deal with the Port of Lowestoft has been announced, for the facility to act as a construction and operations hub for East Anglia ONE.
East Anglia THREE application accepted
After an initial review of the documentation submitted for our East Anglia THREE project, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed that we had provided all of the relevant information to enable our application to be formally reviewed.
Section 56 Consultation
From 3rd March 2016 to 22nd April 2016 we are undertaking Section 56 Consultation on our proposals to develop our second project in waters off the coast of East Anglia, called East Anglia THREE Offshore Windfarm.
All of the documents we have submitted to support our application for consent are available to view online or in hard-copy at locations throughout the local area. This is your chance to review these and tell us what you think of our proposals.
Future Projects Progress
In May 2016, we placed the lead Environmental Impact Assessment contracts for both our East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO projects, marking the next phase of development work. This marked the first stage in bringing forward up to a further 1.6 Gigawatts of renewable energy off the coast of East Anglia.
East Anglia THREE Examination Complete
Following submission of the East Anglia THREE application for development consent in November 2015 and acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate in December 2015, an examination for the project commenced in June 2016 and formally concluded in December 2016.
A decision on the consent is anticipated in June 2017.
Onshore Construction Commences
In May 2017, onshore construction works for East Anglia ONE are due to formally commence. This work will include ducts and undergrounding of up to six onshore cables, each at 37 kilometres in length and the construction of a converter station at Bramford.
East Anglia THREE Planning Consent Received
ScottishPower Renewables has today (7th August 2017) received planning approval from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clark MP, for the East Anglia THREE offshore windfarm with an output capacity of up to 1,200 megawatts (MW).
The planning consent will allow for the installation of larger and more efficient ‘next generation’ turbines, up to a tip height of 247 metres. This is two-and-a-half times the size of Big Ben (96 metres). To be built 69 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk, the windfarm could produce enough electricity to power the annual demands of nearly one million homes*.
ScottishPower Renewables believes that next generation technology will help to ensure that offshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon electricity. The company’s East Anglia ONE scheme is the best value project to go in to construction in the UK (£119 MW/h), and costs are expected to reduce even further in future auctions.
Oct – Nov 2017
East Anglia TWO and ONE North – Phase 1 Consultation
Introduction of the East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North offshore windfarm projects to stakeholders.
Scoping Reports Issued
The Scoping Reports for East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for their consideration on 9 November 2017. These documents outlined our initial proposals and seeked stakeholder opinions on the areas we should investigate in detail when undertaking our Environmental Impact Assessments.
Offshore Construction Commences
In August 2018, offshore works for East Anglia ONE are anticipated to commence. This work will include the construction of two offshore converter stations, the laying of two sub-sea export cables, each 73 kilometres in length, in addition to the array cables to connect the wind turbines. The foundations for the turbines and the turbines themselves will also be transported to site and will begin to be installed.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North (SoCC)
In accordance with Section 47 of the Planning Act 2008, ScottishPower Renewables published a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). The SoCC explains how ScottishPower Renewables intended to consult with local communities on the proposed offshore windfarm projects known as East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarms, as required under the Planning Act 2008. It details the opportunities available to come and meet us, to ask questions and to comment on the plans for the project.
Mar - April 2018
East Anglia TWO and ONE North – Phase 2 Consultation
Phase 2 marked the start of statutory consultation which involves engagement with bodies and organisations as required by the Development Consent Order (DCO) process. It provided further information on the refinement of the Onshore Study Area and offshore elements.
May – Aug 2018
East Anglia TWO and ONE North – Phase 3 Consultation
Phase 3 Consultation was designed to focus on consultation regarding the Indicative Onshore Development Area and to gather the community’s views on mitigation.
East Anglia ONE - Offshore Construction Commences
In August 2018, offshore works for East Anglia ONE commenced. This included the construction of two offshore converter stations, the laying of two sub-sea export cables, each 73 kilometres in length, in addition to the array cables to connect the wind turbines. The foundations for the turbines and the turbines themselves were transported to site and installed.
Sep – Nov 2018
East Anglia TWO and ONE North – Phase 3.5 Consultation
An additional phase of consultation with a primary focus to present Broom Covert, Sizewell as an alternative substation site option. After exploring the viability of an alternative substation site, Grove Wood, Friston, was concluded to remain SPR’s preferred site location. .
Jan - Mar 2019
East Anglia TWO and ONE North – Phase 4 Consultation
This consultation phase focused on the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), which set out the proposed infrastructure, its potential impacts and the environmental, social and economic effects and mitigation measures proposed.
East Anglia ONE - First Power Achieved
First power achieved from East Anglia ONE’s Siemens wind turbines.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North - Application Submission
Applications for consent for both East Anglia TWO Ltd and East Anglia ONE North Ltd were submitted in October 2019, following three years of detailed design and consultation.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North - Application Acceptance
Development Consent Order (DCO) applications for East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North offshore windfarms accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North - Section 56 Consultation
From 16 December 2019 to 27 January 2020 the Planning Inspectorate undertook Section 56 Consultation on our proposals to develop the East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarms.
East Anglia ONE - Full Operation Achieved
During 2020, construction of East Anglia ONE was completed and full operations began. While operational, the project’s 102 turbines are capable of generating up to 714 MW of power.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North - Examination Commenced
Following the close of the Preliminary Meetings on 6 October, the examination period commenced on 6 October 2020. The Examination period was extended in April 2021 by three months and closed on 6 July 2021.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North - Application Decision
Application decision expected for East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO.
East Anglia THREE - Construction Commences
Construction of East Anglia THREE is expected to commence in June 2022.
East Anglia ONE NORTH and TWO - Pre-enabling Works
Onshore pre-enabling works to support the construction of East Anglia THREE are expected to commence.
East Anglia TWO and ONE North - Construction Commences
Construction of East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North is expected to commence in 2023.
East Anglia Hub - Full Operation Achieved
East Anglia Hub expected to be fully operational powering over 2.7 million homes.
Equivalent number of homes powered calculated by: Number of megawatts multiplied by the number of hours in one year (8,766) multiplied by the average load factor for offshore wind (38.36% as published within the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics), divided by the average annual household energy consumption 3.781MWh. East Anglia Hub – 3,100MW x 0.3836 x 8,766 (hours per year) / 3.781MWh = 2,756,989 homes powered equivalent. Note East Anglia Hub is 3,100MW as consented; however, the installed number of megawatts may increase from this position depending on procurement strategy.