In 2010, East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited (EAOW), a joint venture between Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall, signed a contract with National Grid to connect 7,200 megawatts of wind generation off the coast of East Anglia to the existing national transmission network. National Grid's offer included three initial potential connection points at Bramford, Lowestoft and Norwich areas.
Since then we have carried out further technical and environmental studies to look at all the potential connection points and technological options.
EAOW has divided the project into six proposed offshore wind farms. The first three, which have a total capacity of 3,600MW, are due to be connected to National Grid's network at Bramford substation, near Ipswich, in phases between 2018 and 2022.
Plans for the remaining three projects are less advanced. In December 2012, EAOW asked National Grid to revise the agreement as connection dates and locations were likely to change. Although no decisions have been made, the connection agreement has been revised on the basis that cables from these projects could come ashore in the Lowestoft area no earlier than 2023, and in the Bacton area in 2025 or 2026.
National Grid and EAOW will continue to examine, revise and review all feasible and reasonable options.
Consultations with stakeholders and the public will take place over the coming years before decisions are taken about how and where the different wind farms might be connected.
How EAOW intends to carry out its consultations is explained on the East Anglia Offshore Windfarm connection project website. How National Grid consults is set out in our 'Approach to design and routeing new electricity transmission lines' document.
Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on strategic options, and the public will have the opportunity to comment on routes and then more detailed proposals through the various stages of our consultations.
We will listen carefully to feedback and it will help inform decisions about any onshore connection work that is taken forward.
information on this project can be found on the following
website: East Anglia Offshore Windfarm connection project.