The Project: Landfall

Landfall search area

The landfall search area - a section of coastline where the offshore export cable could come ashore - has been defined through a process of engineering and environmental review and assessment. This process has taken into account a range of constraints including designated sites, nature reserves, land use, historic features and technical feasibility, which has narrowed down the possible location to between Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea. The precise landfall location will be selected during 2022 and the team will also incorporate relevant consultation feedback and environmental and engineering survey data.

There will be no permanent building at landfall, although there would be temporary disruption during the project construction. The objective is to keep any disruption to a minimum through the use of certain installation methodologies. At the landfall site it is proposed to use a technique called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), which will take the cable deep under Holland Haven Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and so avoid crossing the site. We have recently carried out a comprehensive suite of surveys of the SSSI to understand the ecological importance of the site and will continue to refine the plans, including input from our consultation work.

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