The massive 1.2GW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm being developed by RWE continues to move forward. The wind farm, to be built off the coast of Lincolnshire, England (in the North Sea), is currently in the process of choosing where its grid connections will be, via public consultation.
RWE has narrowed it down to three possible locations for an “intermediate electrical compound in the East Lindsey area, and four options for building an onshore electricity substation in the area to the south west of Boston.”
The public consultation will begin on February 19th.
The Planning Inspectorate finished its examination of the proposed project just last week, and a final decision on whether the project can move forward will probably be given by the Secretary of State within the next three months.
If approved, the Triton Knoll project will be huge. With a maximum capacity of up to 1.2 GW, if it were completed today, it would be the largest offshore wind farm and the second-largest onshore wind farm in the world.
The wind farm expected to result in 500 new jobs during construction. The total investment for the project is expected be somewhere around £3.6 billion.
RWE has already been forced back to the drawing board once, in 2011, “after three proposed development sites prompted concerns from some local councillors and residents about the potential impact on the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).”
“Our consultation will allow us to gather local knowledge and help communities to influence the proposals and have their say,” Jacob Hein, the Project Manager for Triton Knoll said.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. - Ecclesiastes 3:19