Opened wind farm in the UK
Today, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon officially opened the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the eastern coast of England. The facility will provide clean energy to more than 200 000 households in the UK.
Situated 20 kilometres off the coast of Norfolk, the wind farm was constructed and is jointly owned by Statkraft and Statoil.
Offshore wind production at the new facility will lead to a reduction of approximately 500 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, compared to fossil fuel.
Crown Prince Haakon had the opportunity to view the wind farms 88 turbines from a helicopter. In his speech, he said:
The view from the helicopter was spectacular. The UK has assumed leadership when it comes to green energy. There is no question that Britain is a world leader in wind energy. Sheringham Shoal is a tangible example of this. It also serves as an example of how offshore wind production provides a basis for closer technology and business cooperation between Norway and the United Kingdom.
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, and UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey also participated in the opening, together with representatives of the management of Statoil and Statkraft.
Facts about Sheringham Shoal
The wind farm is comprised of 88 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW, and covers a 35-km2 area. The turbine blades are 52 metres long, and the turbine towers are 80 metres high.
Two marine cables transport electricity from the offshore wind farm to an onshore substation at Weybourne in North Norfolk. From there, electricity is transported via an underground cable to Norwich, where it feeds into the national grid.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.