A leading energy company is to investigate the potential for a possible wind farm development in North Kesteven District, Lincolnshire.
The state owned Swedish utility Vattenfall, which operates a number of wind farms across Britain, is at the early stages of investigating the potential for a scheme at Nocton Fen. Over the coming months the developer will seek the views of local and national interests as it assesses the potential to generate green electricity on the site.
An initial feasibility study has shown that Nocton Fen may have the potential to accommodate a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) with a generating capacity of over 50MW.
In the coming weeks, local residents will be invited to participate in initial local information sessions planned for November. A newsletter will be sent to local residents in the next few weeks confirming the date and venues of these sessions.
Vattenfall’s Project Manager Graham Davey said: “Vattenfall is at the very earliest stages of assessing the potential of a wind farm at Nocton Fen. This phase is all about identifying issues and opportunities; that is why we will start by engaging with the local community, local representatives, other key interests and national environmental organisations.”
“Vattenfall has a strong track record in developing wind farms in the UK that are well designed and that prioritise investment in local communities, jobs and businesses. We are starting discussions at a very early stage in the project, before we start our detailed research on site, so that we understand key local issues and priorities to develop a project that can deliver real opportunities to the area.”
Vattenfall has been developing, building and operating wind farms in the UK since late 2008. Its total investment in six wind farms to date is over £2.5bn. This inward investment has supported more than 2,500 jobs in Britain with many local businesses contracted in areas across the UK.