RWE Innogy has reduced the capacity of the proposed Triton Knoll offshore wind farm being developed off the Lincolnshire coast in the North Sea.
As per the revised plans, the capacity is now expected to range between 600MW and 900MW as against the previous proposal of up to 1,200MW and power between 550,000 and 800,000 average UK households.
After carrying out the project review, the company decided to move forward with the development, but with a reduced capacity.
As part of the project review, RWE Innogy has pursued more detailed design work, which has resulted in considerable reductions to the project's required onshore footprint.
The new design reduces the footprint of the onshore substation and the intermediate electrical compound by more than 50% and 40%, respectively, in addition to maximising the efficiency and utilisation of the site.
The project is likely to attract a total investment of more than £3.6bn, a large proportion of which will be invested in the UK, and is expected to create 500 construction jobs and up to 325 operational jobs.
The project will be developed in two packages: the offshore array including wind turbines, meteorological masts, offshore substations and cables that link wind turbines to offshore substations; and an electrical system including a substation, underground cables, offshore export cables and electrical compounds along the onshore cable route.
RWE Innogy will submit the proposal to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the electrical infrastructure required to transfer the renewable energy from the project farm to the grid in 2015 following further consultation in 2014.
Local communities will be invited to participate in the formal consultation and given the opportunity to 'have their say' on any aspect of the application.
Image: Triton Knoll offshore wind farm will have capacity ranging between 600MW and 900MW. Photo: courtesy of RWE.