Project update – Section 35 Direction
It has been confirmed that the electrical infrastructure required to transfer the renewable energy from Triton Knoll Offshore Wind farm to the National Grid should be decided by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
The Secretary of State has given a direction under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 to advise that the infrastructure is “nationally significant and is to be treated as development for which development consent is required”.
The Planning Application for the associated Electrical Infrastructure will now therefore be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in 2015 following further consultation next year. Local communities will still have the opportunity to comment on any aspect of the application and will be invited to participate in the formal consultation.
More information on the Planning Inspectorate can be found on their website http://www.planningportal.gov.uk.
Triton Knoll is a proposed offshore wind farm located off the east coast of England, approximately 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire and 28 miles from the coast of North Norfolk.
The exact size of the project is not determined, but if granted consent to go ahead, Triton Knoll could generate up to 1,200 MW of renewable energy. This could provide enough renewable electricity to meet the average needs of up to 850,0001 households each year.
If constructed in full, the investment made by RWE is likely to exceed £3.6 billion a large proportion of which will be invested in the UK.
It is estimated that Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm could create 500 UK jobs during construction and up to 325 UK jobs during operation.
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is being developed as two separate packages:
The Offshore Array – the wind turbines, meteorological masts, offshore substations and the cables that link the wind turbines to the offshore substations.
The Electrical System - the substation, underground cables, the offshore export cables an electrical compound along the onshore cable route.
1. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4700 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household estimates and projections from the UK Statistics Authority.
Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to a modelled reference node. This enables a calculation to be made to estimate the average annual energy production for the site based on 195 turbines each of rated capacity 6.15 MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered.