Development

The project

The project description for North Falls will be developed as work progresses, taking into account inputs from the scoping opinion, preliminary environmental information report (PEIR) and ongoing engineering and survey work and feedback from our consultations.

Offshore

North Falls Offshore Wind Farm is being developed on a 150km2 site located between 22km and 54 km offshore in the southern North Sea, adjacent to its sister project Greater Gabbard. The site is divided into two sections, north and south.

Offshore surveys will be undertaken as part of the development process including ornithology, geophysical and benthic ecology, shipping and navigation, and fisheries-related work.

Offshore survey schedule

Duration Survey

Mar 2019 – Feb 2021

Offshore birds and marine mammals survey (completed)

Apr 2021 – Jul 2021

Geophysical and benthic survey (completed)

Summer 2022

Offshore vessel traffic survey (completed)

Winter 2022

Offshore vessel traffic survey

Onshore

National Grid provides the project with its onshore grid connection point and it evaluated numerous potential locations in the east of England, settling on a location within the Tendring peninsula. Based on this offer, North Falls has been carrying out a site selection process to identify a location for our own substation as well as a cable corridor. Evaluation criteria includes environmental, technical and electrical constraints.

Identifying the location of the landfall – where the wind farm’s offshore export cables come to shore – is another key activity for the project in 2022. The likely location will be between Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea, defined after thorough engineering and environmental reviews and surveys that considered offshore designated sites, nature reserves, land use, historic features and technical feasibility.

Onshore survey schedule

Duration Survey

Oct 2020 – Mar 2021

Onshore overwintering birds survey - year 1 (complete)

Mar 2021 – Sep 2021

Onshore ecology surveys (complete)

April 2021 - Sept 2021

Onshore breeding and passage bird survey - year 1 (complete)

Oct 2021 – Mar 2022

Onshore overwintering birds survey - year 2

Mar 2022 – Sep 2022

Onshore ecology surveys - habitats and species

April 2022 - Sep 2022

Onshore breeding and passage bird survey - year 2

3D visualisation of North Falls

To see how the project could look from various viewpoints onshore, you can visit our 3D visualisation. There are instructions on how to navigate the 3D portal which includes a map and links to the various viewpoints. Users can change the height of turbines, alter the weather and have the choice of nine different viewpoint locations. Further visualisations will be added as the project progresses.

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