Statutory consultation for the transmission assets of Irish Sea offshore wind projects Morgan and Morecambe will close on 23 November 2023. The consultation ends six weeks after it launched, giving local stakeholders and residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the current proposals and learn more about the projects.
Those wanting to provide feedback can do so via email, in writing or through the online consultation hub, as well as finding out more information about the projects. All responses to the consultation must be received before midnight on 23 November 2023.
The consultation focuses on the proposed onshore substation locations for each project, the offshore and onshore cable routes, the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, and all assessment work undertaken so far. As determined by the National Grid-led Holistic Network Design review, the cables will connect to the existing National Grid Penwortham substation in North West England.
Morgan and Morecambe offshore wind farms are being developed by two joint ventures between bp and EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (Morgan), and Cobra and Flotation Energy (Morecambe), respectively. When operational both projects have the combined potential generation of approximately 2GW and are anticipated to contribute to the UK Government’s ambition of 50GW of offshore wind power by 2030.
Richard Haydock, programme director, UK offshore wind, bp, said: “We greatly appreciate and value the interest from the community and stakeholders throughout the consultation so far. We are looking forward to hearing more from the public on our proposals in the final weeks of the consultation and encourage those who have not yet provided feedback to do so.”
Al Rayner, Project Director for Morecambe said: “Morgan and Morecambe, by their nature, are collaborative projects and we carry that ethos through to our engagement with local communities. Continuing the dialog is vital as we progress our plans. The success of our projects relies heavily on the information and advice we receive from the general public, local authority and environmental groups and we look forward to welcoming more people to our remaining events this month.”
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