Government’s approval of east coast offshore wind farm infrastructure creates UK job opportunities
06 September 2016
Posted by: Rob Norris
Government’s approval of east coast offshore wind farm infrastructure creates opportunities for UK jobs
RenewableUK is highlighting the potential for job creation throughout the UK, following today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, to grant consent for the electrical infrastructure for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said: “The developers of this major infrastructure project are working hard to ensure that British supply chain companies will reap the economic benefits on offer from Triton Knoll. There’s massive potential for job creation for innovative companies in Lincolnshire, the Humber region and throughout the UK”.
The developers of Triton Knoll say that within the Humber region alone, the project could be worth around £224 million and support 800 jobs a year during construction, and over 220 jobs a year when it goes operational.
Today’s announcement relates to the offshore and onshore cabling and infrastructure needed to feed electricity from the 900 megawatt (MW) project into the grid. The offshore turbines were consented in 2013. This means that the project now has full approval, and is ready to compete for financial support in an auction for Contracts for Difference (CfDs).
For further information, please contact:
Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 430 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.
2. Triton Knoll is a joint venture partnership between RWE (50%) and Statkraft (50%). The project will be built in the North Sea 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire. It will have a maximum capacity of 900MW, enough to power up to 800,000 homes.