UK green light to 1.2GW Triton Knoll

The UK government has given offshore planning consent to RWE’s 1.2GW Triton Knoll wind farm.

Energy secretary Ed Davey used the announcement to hail a bumper day for British wind power, also flagging-up progress on Vattenfall's 299MW Pen y Cymoedd onshore project.

The 288-turbine Triton Knoll project will cost £3.6bn to develop 32km off the coast of Lincolnshire, in eastern England.

The German utility welcomed the news, but added now-familiar caveats about ongoing UK government commitment to renewables.

Triton Knoll project manager Jacob Hain said: “Today’s decision sends another positive message to the industry about the growth and potential of renewables in the UK.

“However, in order to realise these ambitious offshore projects, the government’s Electricity Market Reform must deliver a regulatory framework which is bankable to attract the required levels of investment.”

The project company will now turn its attention to securing planning consent for Triton Knoll’s onshore infrastructure.

That has been the subject of vocal opposition from local politicians in Lincolnshire, including the area’s Member of Parliament.

RWE said it expects to submit onshore plans to the relevant authorities next year.

The Triton Knoll decision coincided with Vattenfall confirming its commitment to the 299MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm in South Wales, with a 2014 construction start-date set to be announced today, according to a UK government statement.