The government has today given the go ahead for the UK’s biggest offshore windfarm, Triton Knoll, to be built 20 miles off Mablethorpe’s coast.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey MP has approved the 1,200MW wind farm which will be made up of 288 turbines powering up to 900,000 homes.
Hundreds of jobs are set to be created in Lincolnshire and Norfolk by the project.
The onshore infrastructure associated with the project - not included in today’s decision - involves underground cabling from Anderby Creek to a substation in Bicker, passing through a reactive compound on the outskirts of Skegness and has met significant criticism from Lincolnshire County Council.
Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll project manager said: “We are delighted with this announcement.
“We believed that Triton Knoll was a very well sited project. Today’s decision by the Secretary of State endorses this.”
Ed Davey added: “We have provided certainty early to onshore and offshore wind investors and now see significant investment decisions being made that will benefit the UK’s economy for years to come.”
The consent award is for the ‘offshore array’ which includes the offshore turbines, met masts, offshore substations, buried cables and a mobile facility for operations and maintenance.
Jacob Hain continued: “This is a crucial milestone and means one step closer to being able to deliver this much needed energy infrastructure.
“Today’s decision sends another positive message to the industry about the growth and potential of renewables in the UK.
“However in order to realise these ambitious offshore projects, the Government’s Electricity Market Reform must deliver a regulatory framework which is bankable to attract the required levels of investment.”
The developers, RWE Npower Renewables will now examine the details of the consent and continue working on the planning application for the onshore electrical infrastructure needed to transfer the renewable energy generated to the national grid.
These applications are expected to be submitted to relevant local authorities in 2014.