His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
The Crown Prince opened the wind farm at an official ceremony at historic Holkham Hall in North Norfolk with support from UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, along with his Norwegian counterpart the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr Ola Borten Moe and Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Trond Giske, and the owners presidents and CEO’s Helge Lund, Statoil, and Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, Statkraft.
The opening took place four years after consent was granted, and three years after the initial construction works began.
“The completion of Sheringham Shoal is a milestone based on Statoil’s offshore experience and Statkraft’s competence as Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The electricity produced makes a significant contribution to the ambitious UK plan to increase the level of renewables, and creates local jobs and growth opportunities”, says Statkraft’s president and CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.
“Statoil has utilised competence from 40 years of offshore experience in the oil and gas industry to complete Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm. Together with our partner Statkraft we have benefitted from good cooperation with UK authorities, local communities and suppliers. I am proud to say that as a result of this joint effort, we are now able to provide 220 000 UK homes with green power for decades to come”, says Statoil’s president and CEO Helge Lund.
UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey says:
“We need to get the economy moving again and a massive expansion in home grown, clean, renewable energy capacity is central to this. Sheringham Shoal will play an important part; supplying power to 200,000 homes, and providing jobs in the local community. Today’s opening is also an illustration of the strength of the UK’s strategic relationship with Norway. Investment in the UK’s energy mix needs to come from increasingly new and diverse sources, and this project is an excellent example of that”.
The local Scira organisation in North Norfolk has been preparing for the operational takeover for the past three years and now some 40 local people are employed full-time to operate and maintain the wind farm.
The completion of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm means the UK now has more than 2GW of operational offshore wind energy capacity and retains its position as the world leader in installed offshore wind.
Statoil and Statkraft, together with RWE and SSE, are also partners in the Forewind consortium which is developing potentially the world’s largest offshore wind project at Dogger Bank, 120 kilometres off the UK coast.
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This is Sheringham Shoal
- The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17 and 23km off the coast of North Norfolk, England
- 88 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW, will supply some 220,000 homes with clean energy
- Covers an area of approximately 35 km2
- Turbine blade length 52 metres (170 feet)
- Turbine tower height 80 metres (262 feet)
- Wind turbines are placed on monopile foundations piled into the seabed
- Two 900 tonne offshore substations
- Two 132 kV marine cables which come ashore at Weybourne
- 21.6 km underground cable connect the wind farm a new substation at Salle, near Cawston
- From the substation, the power is transported to Norwich where it enters the National Grid
- The wind farm is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through joint-venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited.