A new electrical substation and underground cable connecting to an offshore windfarm are to be installed at one of four sites near Little Hale.
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 last week announced 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 shortlisted sites in the East Lindsey area.” (These are likely to be in the Skegness area).
“Underground cables will then travel to a substation on one of four shortlisted 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’. The substation connection point at Bicker Fen is likely to be around 20 hectares, or the size of 30 football pitches.
Mr Hain said the proposed sites are all located ‘hundreds of metres away’ from exisiting properties, so would have minimal impact on homes in the Bicker and surrounding area, already the site of a major wind farm, which neighbours Little Hale and Helpringham Fens.
As part of the proposals, Bicker Fen will receive a ‘community investment package’ – with funding to develop the area. A figure for how much is yet to be announced.
The consultation process runs from February 19-April 5 with a number of dates for public information events.
The Bicker Fen event takes place on March 6 in the village hall from 3-7pm.