Alford-based design consultancy Land Drainage Services Ltd (LDS) has been awarded a contract extension by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to provide a long-term liaison service between the project and local landowners.
The joint venture between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy) and Statkraft is potentially worth £224 million locally during construction alone, and will see an offshore wind farm constructed 20 miles off the Lincolnshire coastline.
Developers have said that the contract is key to balancing the needs and interests of both Triton Knoll and its land owners, as it prepares for the future installation of the wind farm’s underground export cable and infrastructure.
LDS is a design consultancy specialising in agricultural drainage and land owner relations, and has been in operation for over 40 years.
LDS’s Neil Whitehead has been working with Triton Knoll since 2015, and has built a relationship with landowners locally, many of which he already knows.
Neil said: “Triton Knoll is a great project for us. For a major renewable energy project of this size, in a location like this, local knowledge of the land and the involved landowners is paramount.
“It’s so important, in these early stages to get relationships right.
“While this is a small farming community, it’s also a significant agribusiness area and has highly productive agricultural land, so ensuring that everyone knows what’s happening and when, and can have access to us 24-7 is highly important.”
Triton Knoll has consent to install almost 60 kilometres of onshore underground export cable, an intermediate electrical compound at Orby, and a new substation at Bicker Fen, ensuring the delivery of energy generated at the wind farm to an anticipated 800,000 UK homes.
During the preparation for construction and into the work itself, the project will need to continually liaise with well over 120 separate landowners and occupiers.
Triton Knoll project director James Cotter said: “We’re delighted to be able to award this contract to a local Lincolnshire company and to be able to demonstrate our commitment to maximising the significant investment potential of the project for local firms.
“Land Drainage Services has demonstrated a real understanding of the project and the importance of putting land owners first, and has forged a positive and trusted reputation with local landowners.
“This is an important role representing the project on the ground, and we feel confident LDS will continue to deliver this to the best of their abilities.”