Copper is supporting Vattenfall Wind Power Limited as it launches a public consultation on the Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm project.

The project would consist of between 90 and 200 wind turbines, giving an export capacity of up to 1,800MW at the point of connection. Once fully operational, Norfolk Boreas could produce enough energy to power 1.3 million homes in the UK,¹ which represents 25% of the East of England’s total (commercial, industrial and domestic) power requirements.

Copper has been working towards the consultation launch following its appointment in July, when it was recruited to provide strategic communications consultancy for the offshore wind farm and onshore electricity connection.

Invitations have been issued to parish councils and over 26,000 properties along the proposed cable route corridor so residents and businesses can have their say on the plans before a Development Consent Order application is submitted in summer 2019.

The consultation runs from 7 November until 9 December 2018 and Copper has supported Vattenfall to organise a series of public consultation events across Norfolk. See for more information.

Subject to gaining DCO approval from the Secretary of State, Norfolk Boreas is expected to carry out enabling and onshore construction work between 2021 and 2023, with operation scheduled for mid-2020s.

1 Number of homes equivalent: This is calculated using statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy showing that annual UK average domestic household consumption is 4,115kWh: