Offshore

 

The offshore wind turbines will be connected via a network of marine cables linking to two offshore transformer stations
within the wind farm. From these, power is exported via two 132kV marine cables reaching landfall close to the site of the
Muckleborough Collection Museum near Weybourne.

 

The route of these export cables was agreed with the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR)
and Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA) as part of the wind farm’s licence conditions. Factors considered included engineering feasibility, seabed geological conditions, sediment movements and the location of sensitive marine organisms and their habitats.

 

The timetable for offshore construction is:

 

Offshore
March 2010 Rock placement
June 2010 First foundation installed
August 2010 Submarine export cable installation
October 2010 Start infield cable installation
Late 2010 Onshore substation commissioned
Spring 2011 Offshore substations installed
Mid 2011 Turbine installation begins
Late summer 2012 Wind farm fully operational