AN APPLICATION to build a offshore wind farm off the coast of East Lindsey has been formally accepted for examination.
The Triton Knoll wind farm is the brainchild of RWE NPower Renewables and the firm hope to build a 1,200 megawatt site around 20 miles off the coast of Mablethorpe.
Decision makers the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will now pass the plans through the examination stages with the documents and plans available to view online on their website.
RWE say the wind farm could generate enough renewable energy to meet the average consumption of up to 850,000 homes each year.
The application follows over six months of consideration and a six week consultation period with the public. This included five days of exhibitions held last June.
Project manager Jacob Hain said the latest development was a ‘major step forward’ for the multi-million project.
“This brings the delivery of this significant renewable energy project one step closer to construction and operation, and ultimately, a major contribution to employment in the UK,” he said.
“Offshore wind farms provide economic benefits during their construction and operation phases both through direct job creation and through the wider supply chain.
So far, during assessments for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, we have already placed contracts with vessel operators around the wind farm site that exceed £3 million.”
Last month the Leader reported that a u-turn would see power from the wind farm brought inland underground through Bicker Fen, near Boston, rather than through a 50-mile long network of pylons through East Lindsey.
Lincolnshire County Councillor Colin Davie said the decision was a ‘battle won’ for the local people that had opposed the plans for the power to pass through East Lindsey.
View the plans online by visiting http://infrastructure.independent.gov.uk and have your say by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.