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Scroby Sands Wind Farm

Coordinates: 52°38′56″N 1°47′25″E / 52.6489°N 1.7903°E / 52.6489; 1.7903
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Scroby Sands Wind Farm
Scroby Sands Wind Turbines
  • United Kingdom
Locationoff the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Coordinates52°38′56″N 1°47′25″E / 52.6489°N 1.7903°E / 52.6489; 1.7903
Commission date
  • December 2004
Construction cost€87 million
Wind farm
Max. water depth5–10 m (16–33 ft)
Distance from shore2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Hub height68 m (223 ft)
Rotor diameter
  • 80 m (260 ft)
Rated wind speed16 m/s (58 km/h)
Power generation
Units operational30 × 2 MW
Make and modelVestas V80 (30)
Nameplate capacity
  • 60 MW
Capacity factor32.42% (2012)
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons
Wind farm layout

The Scroby Sands Wind Farm is a wind farm located on the Scroby Sands sandbank in the North Sea, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) off the coast of Great Yarmouth in eastern England, United Kingdom. It was commissioned in March 2004 by Powergen Renewables Offshore, a division of E.ON UK. It has a nameplate capacity of 60 megawatts and is able to produce power to supply 41,000 households. Between 2005 and 2010, its capacity factor was between 26 and 32%.[1] Its levelised cost has been estimated at £105/MWh.[2]

The farm consists of 30 wind turbines, located in water from 13 to 20 metres (43 to 66 ft) deep. Each turbine has three 40-metre (130 ft) blades that rotate around a centre-point some 60 metres (200 ft) above the mean sea level. The hollow 4.5-metre (14.8 ft) diameter steel masts that carry the turbines are piled as much as 30 metres (98 ft) into the sea bed, to provide stability on a substrate of shifting sands. These shifting sands have piled up and decreased water depth, blocking access from service vessels. An amphibious vehicle is being built to drive on the sand to gain access to the turbines.[3]

The wind turbines were designed and manufactured by a Danish firm, Vestas. Each turbine has a capacity of 2 megawatts.[4] Turbines were installed by the Danish offshore wind farms services provider A2SEA.[5]

In August 2023 one of the turbines caught fire.[6]


The wind farm has an information centre serving around 35,000 visitors per year, and has become a local attraction.[7][8] In June of 2018, Eon refurbished the property, with new exhibits and interactive displays, among other branding changes.
As of February 2023, the Visitor Centre has been Permanently Closed and vacated by Eon. It was believed to have closed in late 2019, and the reason is unknown.[9]


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  1. ^ Dunford et al. UK Renewable Energy Data, Issue 10 p53 Renewable Energy Foundation, 29 July 2010. Accessed: 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ Aldersey-Williams, John; Broadbent, Ian; Strachan, Peter (2019). "Better estimates of LCOE from audited accounts – A new methodology with examples from United Kingdom offshore wind and CCGT". Energy Policy. 128: 25–35. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.044. hdl:10059/3298.
  3. ^ "World-first amphibious crew transfer vessel to make its debut at RWE windfarm". Riviera. 7 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Datasheet for Scroby Sands". LORC Knowledge. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  5. ^ "A2SEA presentation" (PDF). A2SEA. Export Promotion Denmark. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  6. ^ "Scroby Sands wind turbine fire off Norfolk coast self extinguishes". BBC News. 2023-08-15. Retrieved 2023-08-16.
  7. ^ "Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm, United Kingdom". powertechnology.com. Net Resources International. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  8. ^ "Tourism and wind farms". E.ON UK. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  9. ^ "Vacant Visitor Centre property listing". www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk. Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Retrieved 2023-02-03.

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