Published:
19th January 2011
9:52 AM
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RWE Put Substation Plans On Hold

RWE npower Renewables have put plans to build a substation in East Lindsey on hold in light of new information from the National Grid. In a statement today the company has stated that they have identified new and alternative locations for the connection location that could lie outside of East Lindsey.  Many local residents had been concerned that the site for the substation could be located near a number of the outlying villages around the Spilsby area. [...]

RWE npower Renewables have put plans to build a substation in East Lindsey on hold in light of new information from the National Grid.

In a statement today the company has stated that they have identified new and alternative locations for the connection location that could lie outside of East Lindsey.  Many local residents had been concerned that the site for the substation could be located near a number of the outlying villages around the Spilsby area.

Due to the new information and the uncertainty, RWE npower Renewables has put a hold on its plans and the consultation process that goes with them.

Triton Knoll Development Manager, Jacob Hain, said “As a responsible developer, we feel it is right to put out current substation work on hold until National Grid can confirm whether the connection point for our scheme still lies within East Lindsey or moves elsewhere.”

However this move is not a total withdrawal of the project from the area.  Councillor Neil Cooper, East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said “I’m very pleased that all of the hard work, which has taken place in partnership with the community groups and the District Council, has made RWE Npower renewable reconsider their decision to promote the substation.”

“Clearly, this is an interim position and we remain concerned that this matter may raise its head again, particularly at a time when National Grid is still considering a potential new power line through the District.”

“RWE npower renewables is developing Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea 33km from the Lincolnshire coast. An onshore electrical substation will be required to connect the wind farm to the national electricity network.”

“Until RWE Npower renewables releases the information regarding the connection to the Grid for the Triton Knoll Wind Farm we have to remain prepared and vigilant.”

Background:

RWE npower Renewables are looking at building a 1,200 megawatt electricity substation on a 40 acre site, which could be extended to up to 120 acres, in a location around the area of Welton-le-Marsh, Willoughby, Great Steeping and Monksthorpe.

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