A year ago the Crown Prince of Norway open the Sheringham Offshore wind farm. The only UK participant was Ed Davey although a couple of wealthy land owners seem to have benefited. Very little though for UK PLC. Even less for those in fuel poverty who have to pay the costs of offshore wind at treble that of historically generated power.
The Crown Prince arrived via helicopter with representatives from the wind farm’s owner companies, Statoil and Statkraft, and Norwegian and British Ministers and Ambassadors. He was greeted by students from local high school, Alderman Peel.
Holkham Hall owners Viscount and Viscountess Coke welcomed the Crown Prince, dignitaries and around 100 guests to their stately home, located just outside in Wells-next-the-Sea, where the wind farm will have its operations and maintenance base.
Sheringham Shoal is owned equally by the two Norwegian energy leaders through joint-venture company, Scira Offshore Energy Limited.
The official event was closed by Scira General Manager, Einar Strømsvâg who said his team had worked for more than three years to prepare for the wind farm’s operation.
“I thank you for participating in this important celebration as such positive attention will provides us with the extra energy and motivation to keep improving.”
Also speaking at the official opening were the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey; Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe; Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske; and the owners’ presidents and CEOs, Helge Lund from Statoil and Christian Rynning-Tønnesen from Statkraft.