Centrica's 270MW Lincs offshore wind farm reached a key project completion milestone on 25th September when the wind farm achieved its final performance test. RES is delighted to see the project completed having originally secured the development rights to Lincs in 2003 on behalf of Centrica as a part of the Inner Dowsing development asset sale to Centrica in December of that year. Since that time RES have successfully consented the project and supported Centrica throughout the development, engineering and construction phases of this 75 turbine offshore wind farm.
RES Offshore have worked closely with Centrica in all phases of the project, taking the lead throughout the four-year consenting period and supporting project development during engineering, procurement and construction. As a part of Centrica's integrated delivery team RES have carried out a number of key project management and support roles involving 135 RES personnel from across the RES Group totalling 125,000 man-hours on activities ranging from environmental consenting through energy yield prediction, turbine selection, structural design, electrical design, submarine cabling, weather modelling and onshore and offshore construction management.
Chris Morgan RES Offshore CEO said:
"Having lived with this project for over 10 years, from first identifying the site through to playing a key role throughout consent, engineering and construction, the whole RES Offshore team are delighted to see the project in full operation - helping to deliver the UK's renewable energy targets and bringing investment and jobs to the UK. Congratulations to the Lincs joint venture - RES is proud of the part that we have played in the project and look forward to continuing to work closely with Centrica."
The Lincs wind farm is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) off the coast of Skegness and is a joint venture between Centrica Energy, DONG Energy and Siemens Project Ventures. Lincs is capable of producing enough clean renewable energy for over 200,000 homes - equivalent to around two thirds of the homes in Lincolnshire.
Chris Morgan, CEO of RES Offshore talks Windpower TV about its relationship with Centrica in constructing the 270MW Lincs offshore wind project: