First transformer delivered to Bicker Fen substation

Oct 22, 2019
Posted by Patrick Haddad

The first transformer has been delivered to the Triton Knoll onshore substation site at Bicker Fen.

The 240tonne transformers set sail from Austria, where they were manufactured, to Sutton Bridge port in Lincolnshire.

From there it was lifted onto a trailer and driven, by police escort, 20 miles to the Bicker Fen site.

Once the transformers are skidded into position, the installation of associated electrical equipment will begin.

Phil Manley, Triton Knoll project director, Siemens Transmission and Distribution, said: “The transformers are one of the most important parts of the onshore substation site.

“Without the transformer, the power generated by the offshore wind farm would not be able to be transmitted into the grid. I’m delighted that we’ve reached this stage according to the project schedule.”

Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and Innogy, said: “This is a significant milestone in the construction of the Triton Knoll Onshore substation, which sits at the very heart of our project.

“We’ve made major progress in the last year, with the substation platform, foundations and infrastructure taking real shape on site.

“We’re now preparing to start offshore construction in the first quarter of 2020, so the installation of this impressive equipment ensures we stay on track to become a major UK state-of-the-art renewable energy generator, typically powering over 800,000 UK homes.”

The wind farm, 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, will have an installed generation capacity of around 857 MW once fully operational.

It will be capable of providing enough clean and sustainable power for the equivalent of at least 800,000 UK homes, making a significant contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets.

Construction of the onshore substation is due to be completed in 2020.

Source: Lincolnshire Live

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm / Ashley Coates / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0


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