Bicker 'blue' zone chosen for wind farm substation
Bicker has been earmarked for development as part of a huge offshore electricity-generating scheme.
An existing substation at Bicker is to be expanded as part of the onshore infrastructure needed to transfer to the national grid power generated by wind turbines out at sea.
Construction traffic will use a new, purpose-built road to access the "blue" site north west of Bicker and west of Swineshead. Power will be relayed via underground cabling from an onshore compound near Skegness.
RWE npower renewable, one of the UK's leading renewable energy developers and operators, has announced the preferred locations for the onshore infrastructure for the proposed offshore wind farm Triton Knoll.
If built, Triton Knoll could generate enough clean energy to power hundreds of thousands of homes. It is also estimated that Triton Knoll could create 500 UK jobs during construction and up to 325 UK jobs during operation. It would be located approximately 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire and 28 miles from the coast of North Norfolk. It could have a maximum of 288 220-metre high turbines generating power for up to 850,000 homes.
A 60-metre wide cable route will connect the wind farm with the Bicker substation via landfall north of Anderby Creek and the site near Skegness.
Bicker residents will be consulted on how a community investment fund set up by the developers could best support them.
Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll Project Manager said: "We received some valuable feedback from the local communities. The preferred locations were selected by balancing environmental, technical, economic and engineering considerations alongside the key issues identified by local residents. Local knowledge crucially influenced the design of the electrical system. For example, we have now committed to build an alternative construction road that avoids the village of Bicker.
"We will continue to work with the local community as we develop our project. A newsletter providing more information on the chosen locations is being sent out to all residents and business we have contacted previously and will be available on our website for others to download.
"We will be holding a further consultation on what the infrastructure will look like in due course. We also will be contacting landowners to discuss the development, and will look to work closely with Boston Borough Council, South Holland and East Lindsey District Council to develop our proposals."
Four zones were originally short-listed for the potential location for the onshore substation, and three zones short-listed for the location of the intermediate electrical compound. The public consultation with statutory bodies and communities local to the zones took place between February and April of this year.
Picture: Photomontage of the Blue Zone from Timms Drove, 1.2km from the Blue Zone boundary. This is an indicative view of what the substation could look like.
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