Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has officially inaugurated Centrica Energy’s Lincs offshore wind farm. The last of the wind farm’s 75 wind turbines was connected to the National Grid in late July, bringing the 270MW project up to full strength for the first time. Lincs is a joint venture between leading UK energy company Centrica Energy, offshore wind market leader DONG Energy and Siemens Project Ventures.
Construction on the wind farm began in 2010 and first went operational a year ago in August 2012. Lincs has the capacity to produce enough power to serve more than 200,000 homes, or approximately two-thirds of the homes in Lincolnshire.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says, “I’m absolutely delighted to open the Lincs wind farm, a major contribution to ensuring the UK can continue to build on our competitive edge in renewable energy, as well as the UK economy and with the potential to power thousands of homes with clean energy and boost the local economy by bringing jobs to the region. The race is now on to lead the world in clean, green energy and Yorkshire and the Humber has a clear natural advantage with enviable wind resources and a world-beating research base – I am absolutely committed that we strengthen our position which is why our offshore wind industrial strategy aims to grow UK supply chain manufacturing so that more of the work and jobs can be done here.”
Centrica Energy’s Managing Director Mark Hanafin adds: “Today is a very important day for Centrica and for our joint venture partners, marking the culmination of ten years’ hard work, determination, and perseverance by the men and women who’ve made Lincs happen. The support we’ve had from the people of Grimsby has been phenomenal. My hope is that the offshore wind industry will continue to bring important jobs to this important town, and that projects like this will give confidence to companies that there is a thriving renewables industry in the UK in which to invest.”
The Lincs wind farm is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) off the coast of Skegness.
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