Wind farm awards £500k contract to archaeologists

A wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast has awarded a £500,000 contract to a local archaeological firm. The 900MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, which is being developed as a […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast has awarded a £500,000 contract to a local archaeological firm.

The 900MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, which is being developed as a joint venture between Innogy and Statkraft, will work with Lincoln-based Allen Archaeology to check there are no historical artifacts where the cables will be laid.

The firm will carry out a five-month trial along the entire route of the project’s onshore cable corridor, which stretches for nearly 60 kilometres.

The work will ensure important archaeological sites can be sensitively managed during future construction.

During the trial trenching, teams will use JCBs or rubber-tracked vehicles to start the excavation process.

The site will eventually be capable of generating enough energy for around 800,000 UK homes.

Triton Knoll Project Director, James Cotter, said: “Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is a hugely important clean energy infrastructure project for the UK and will make a significant contribution towards the government’s drive for sustainable, low cost electricity for UK consumers and businesses.”