RWE Innogy has published a report outlining the results of a study undertaken with National Grid which they say clearly highlights why a location at Bicker Fen overlooking Little Hale is the best option to connect the proposed Triton Knoll offshore wind farm to the national grid.
The report considered merits of 17 different substations across the east coast of England. The eight-month study of offshore and onshore cable routings appraised all possible landfall options.
The Interface Selection Assessment concluded that Bicker Fen, with underground cabling through Lincolnshire, offered the most economic, efficient and coordinated solution. It would also have the least environmental impact over other options considered, including a connection at Killingholme, which would have cost £128 million more than Bicker Fen because it required an extra 10km of cables and an additional large substation.
Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll project manager, said: “Now more than ever the UK’s energy system must be cost-efficient to energy consumers, and we have tried to minimise environmental impact by making use of existing infrastructure.
“This autumn we will present the proposed scheme in full to the public at a number of exhibitions and this report will form part of the documentation for that formal consultation.”
Once constructed Triton Knoll could provide electricity for up to 800,000 households a year.