Eastern Daily Press article "Hope grows that Norfolk countryside won't have to be dug up for every new wind farm"
PUBLISHED: 13:50 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:06 12 September 2019 by Tom Bristow
Necton Substations Action Group are campaigning for an offshore ring main.
An energy firm has raised hopes that huge trenches will not be dug through Norfolk every time a new offshore wind farm is built.
In response to a meeting with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb about building an ORM, National Grid wrote: "One possible solution which we are exploring to minimise the onshore impact of our infrastructure is for several offshore wind farms to be connected offshore via a ring main, reducing the number of individual inshore connections."
Orsted, the company behind Hornsea 3, supported the idea of an offshore ring main, while Vattenfall, which is building Boreas and Vanguard said: "All stakeholders are thinking strategically about how we gear up to meet net zero carbon emission objectives."
A National Grid spokesman said: "We are looking ahead and exploring all strategic connection options for the next generation of wind farms which includes the possibility of an offshore ring main.
"It's too early to say what the decision will be as there is a lot of work to do, but we'll certainly be engaging with local communities to understand their concerns and develop options that cause the least disruption".
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