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Onshore work making tracks for world’s biggest wind farm

THERE’S a huge focus on achievements out at sea, especially with Grimsby ringing up 1GW of installed capacity in offshore wind this past month, but major steps are being taken on shore too.

Onshore work making tracks for world’s biggest wind farm

Here are the latest development photographs of the £25 million new substation being created by Balfour Beatty for Dong Energy at North Killingholme.

The key piece of the jigsaw will bring in the electricity from Hornsea wind farm, converting it to feed into the National Grid, and from their our kettles, computers and, increasingly, cars.  The progress is clear from December, when just the steel skeleton of part of the main building was up, on a site off Chase Hill Road.

The substation is the destination point for the cables that are currently being buried on a route skirting around North East

Lincolnshire, from Tetney, across the A16, A46 Aylesby Road, beneath the A180, A160 and north to the location.

In total, 350,000m of cabling will be buried along 38km to plug in what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, at 1.2GW. The two-year campaign began late last year.

The works are being carried out by J Murphy & Sons Ltd, with key locations at Waltham Airfield, the base for the work, and Tetney Lock, where Scunthorpe firm AMS No-Dig is controlling the seawall breach to land the cables.

It is the third such development, and by far the biggest, from Balfour, having worked with Dong Energy on Westermost Rough and Burbo Bank.

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