Plans for a new cluster of wind turbines off the coast of Thanet have been blocked. The proposals would have seen 34 turbines sited 8km from the shore, which would reportedly generate more power than the existing 100 turbines, which sit 12km off Foreness Point. Business secretary Alok Sharma last night said the proposal by Swedish energy giants Vattenfall would not be allowed to proceed. The company already operates several wind farms in the county, with offshore turbines in Thanet and the Kentish Flats, opposite Herne Bay.
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The offshore wind industry has expressed frustration at crucial planning decision delays for two major projects off the coast of Norfolk, arguing the UK is in “a race against time” to both minimise the economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic and slash energy emissions in line with the country’s net zero by 2050 goal. Final planning decisions for Ørsted’s 2.4GW Hornsea Three and Vattenfall’s 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard proposed wind farms were due to be delivered by Business Secretary Alok Sharma yesterday. But the future of both wind farms will now have to wait for a few more weeks yet, however, after documents published on the Planning Inspectorate website yesterday confirmed decision deadlines for the projects have been pushed back until 1 July 2020. No specific explanation has yet been given for the delays, but the Planning Inspectorate has previously said the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to delay a number of crucial hearings for major UK projects. BEIS was considering a request for comment at the time of going to press.
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A NORTH-East subsea contractor is using an autonomous underwater vehicle to reduce how much time it takes to survey a challenging off-sea windfarm, while reducing its carbon footprint. Darlington-based Modus Seabed Intervention, which provides subsea services, has just completed a high speed, bathymetric and depth of burial survey of the inter array cable routes on the Gwynt-y-Môr offshore wind farm, about eight miles of the North Wales coast, utilising the Modus HAUV-2 (Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).
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