Exhibition for off-shore wind farm at Triton Knoll

Offshore wind farm The substation planned for Bicker Fen near Boston could be up to 20 hectares in size.

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An exhibition is under way showing plans for a wind farm of almost 300 turbines off the Lincolnshire coast.

RWE Npower Renewables is showing details of how power from the Triton Knoll wind farm will be transported to the National Grid.

The exhibition explains how cables will run from the wind farm to the shore at Anderby Creek.

They will then continue underground to a compound near Skegness before linking to a substation at Bicker Fen.

A public consultation on the project runs until 5 April.

The wind farm will be 20 miles off the coast at Mablethorpe with up to 288 turbines, depending on their size.

Public consultation

RWE says the project will create 500 jobs and has earmarked three locations for the electrical compound and four possible sites for the substation, which will be up to 20 hectares in size.

Fears have been raised in the past about disruption to the countryside, which the company hopes to address in the exhibition.

Project manager Jacob Hain said: "The consultation will ensure the location we finally choose is the most appropriate location for the Triton Knoll electrical infrastructure.

"This is the final piece of the jigsaw and we need to get local knowledge to allow us to take the final decision on where this infrastructure should be."

He said RWE would make a final decision by the summer and hoped to start building "within this decade".

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