Study supports choice of substation site

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A National Grid study backed the decision to choose Bicker Fen for a substation to connect an offshore wind farm.

The report considered the merits of 17 different sites and highlights Bicker Fen as the best location. The village was chosen for the development as part of the RWE Innogy’s Triton Knoll wind farm.

The plans will see underground cabling installed through the county.

The National Grid backed the decision as the most economic solution that has the least environmental impact.

Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll project manager, said “We have always been transparent and open with communities and stakeholders about our decisions.

“The report details how, after many months of in-depth analysis, considering all of the options available, Bicker Fen was identified as the best option to connect Triton Knoll offshore wind farm to the national grid.”

He added: “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. We will be able to talk through the results of the study and its findings.

“We have also recently held some exhibitions for landowners along the cable route, many of whom expressed interest in this decision.”

The report, named the Interface Selection Assessment Report, can be viewed online at www.rweinnogy.com/tritonknoll.

Triton Knoll was awarded a Development Consent Order for the offshore array of the wind farm by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 2013.