Wind farm substation will be ‘less than half the size’

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The firm behind a big offshore wind farm in the Wash has announced it has scaled down plans for a substation to connect it to the National Grid at Bicker Fen.

RWE nPower Renewables has revised plans for the proposed Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm project and says it will be more ‘efficient’.

The changes mean a controversial substation, selected for Bicker Fen, will be reduced in size by ‘more than 50 per cent’.

Project Manager Jacob Hain said: “The recent optimisation work is part of a project review to make the site more competitive and more economic in line with Government proposals to bring down the cost of offshore wind.

“This is an important step forward for the development.

“Triton Knoll’s significant contribution of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and tackling climate change, can now be achieved more efficiently whilst having less impact on the surrounding environment and communities.”

RWE says a planning application will be lodged befpre the substation and cabling are installed, with the public getting chance to have their say.

The firm says the project has resulted in an £18 million investment so far and hopes contracts for its work will be awarded to UK businesses.