Full power at UK's 270MW Lincs

The 270MW Lincs wind farm off eastern England was fully commissioned yesterday, said UK utility Centrica.

The project – a joint venture between Centrica, Denmark’s Dong Energy and Siemens – had been under construction since March 2010.

The wind farm uses 75 3.6MW Siemens wind turbines, the last of which was installed in March this year.

Lincs was given a high-profile official opening by UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in early August, despite having 20 turbines remaining to be commissioned.

With the project now fully complete, Lincs project director Patrick Harnett said: “The offshore environment brings with it a variety of challenges, not least of all with the weather, which has thrown pretty much everything at us.

“There have been times over the winter when it felt like we were all working on ‘mission impossible’ but it’s been a great summer and the team have made a sterling effort to get us to where we are today.”

British Gas-owner Centrica is still to make an investment decision on its consented 580MW Race Bank project, and has fired several warning shots at the UK government over the adequacy of its incentive policies.