Lincs firm wins extension to Triton Knoll offshore wind farm contract

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Mar 2017

LINCOLNSHIRE-based Land Drainage Services Ltd has secured a contract extension with Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. 

The Alford company has provided a liaison service between the project manager, Innogy, and local landowners.

It is a role described as “balancing the needs and interests of both Triton Knoll and land owners”, as preparations are made for the future installation of the underground power export cable and infrastructure.

Triton Knoll project director James Cotter (pictured left) said: “We’re delighted to be able to award this contract to a local Lincolnshire company, and to be able to demonstrate our commitment to maximising the significant investment potential of the project for local firms.

“Land Drainage Services has demonstrated a real understanding of the project and the importance of putting land owners first, and has forged a positive and trusted reputation with local landowners. This is an important role representing the project on the ground, and we feel confident LDS will continue to deliver this to the best of their abilities.”

Triton Knoll, a 900MW wind farm primed to boost the Humber’s growing cluster, has consent to install almost 60 kilometres of onshore underground export cable, an intermediate electrical compound at Orby, and a new substation at Bicker Fen. It will provide power for 800,000 homes. During the preparation for construction and into the work itself, the project will need to continually liaise with well over 120 separate landowners and occupiers.

LDS is a design consultancy specialising in agricultural drainage and land owner relations, and has been in operation for more than 40 years. Neil Whitehead, of LDS, has been working with Triton Knoll since 2015. He said: “Triton Knoll is a great project for us. For a major renewable energy project of this size, in a location like this, local knowledge of the land and the involved landowners is paramount.

“It’s so important, in these early stages to get relationships right. While this is a small farming community, it’s also a significant agribusiness area and has highly productive agricultural land, so ensuring that everyone knows what’s happening and when, and can have access to us 24/7 is highly important. We’re really pleased to be able to continue our work with Triton Knoll and we look forward to supporting the project throughout its work across the local farming communities.”

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm will be located just over 30km off the Lincolnshire coast. It is anticipated to enter next month’s subsidy auction round.

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