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Plans to connect wind farm to the main grid

A new electrical substation and underground cable connecting to an offshore windfarm are to be installed at one of four sites in Bicker Fen.

The plans, by RWE npower renewables, will see enough energy created by the proposed Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to power up to 850,000 homes.

The company is today (Wednesday) announcing a consultation on the wind farm’s electrical system.

Project manager for Tritton Knoll Jacob Hain explained: “In order to transmit the electricity generated, infrastructure will be required between the offshore wind farm and the national grid connection point. This will consist of undersea cables travelling from the offshore wind farm to a location in the vicinity of Anderby Creek. We will then bury cables underground to an intermediate electrical compound on one of three short listed sites in the East Lindsey area.

“Underground cables will then travel to a substation on one of four short-listed sites near the national grid connection point at Bicker Fen.”

The cables will be laid in 1km-wide ‘cable corridors’ to be narrowed down to a 60m-wide ‘cable route’.

Mr Hain said the proposed sites are all located ‘hundreds of metres away’ from existing properties, so would have minimal impact on homes in the Bicker area.

As part of the proposals, Bicker Fen will receive a ‘community investment package’ – with funding to develop the area. A figure for how much investment will be provided is yet to be announced.

The consultation process runs from February 19 to April 5 with a series of public exhibitions held between March 5-11.

The Triton Knoll project team will be available at the events to answer questions and talk about the options identified and why they are being considered. Images of what the infrastructure could look like will be available to view at the events.

A project update is also being sent out widely to residents and organisations in the areas involved. All information will be available at public access points or on the RWE npower renewables website www.npower-renewables.com/tritonknoll.

Mr Hain added: “The consultation will ensure that the location we finally choose is the most appropriate location for the Triton Knoll electrical infrastructure.

”Once the consultation period is underway, we will contact those in the near vicinity of the short listed sites so they can be clear about what is being proposed and have the chance to comment on our suggestions. We hope for as many people as possible to get involved with our consultation as we are very keen to get the views of local people.”

The consultation events in the Boston area are as follows:

Tuesday, March 5, at Swineshead Village Hall, Swineshead, 3-7pm.

Wednesday, March 6, at Bicker Fen Village Hall, Cemetery Road, Bicker, 3-7pm.

Saturday, March 9, Stickney Community Hall, Hall Lane, Stickney, 3-7pm.