Equinor said extension plans for two of its North Sea projects represent a milestone for the UK renewables sector by proposing a single onshore connection point for multiple offshore wind farms in an area where reducing onshore disruption is a key priority.

The Norwegian energy giant has applied to the UK Planning Inspectorate for consent for plans to double the capacity of the existing 317MW Sheringham Shoal and 402MW Dudgeon projects operating off the coast of Norfolk in eastern England.