Tuesday, 6 December 2016

WORK UNDERWAY ON NEW WINDFARM NEAR GRIMSBY

      
A view of the project from South Sea Lane in Humberston. The two turbines to the right are already  operational at Anglian Water's sewage treatment works, while the other two, which are taller and with longer blades, will soon be joined by six more.

WORK is gathering pace on development of a new windfarm between  Humberston and Tetney.

The eight-turbine project is  on land at Bishopthorpe  Farm close to Anglian Water's Newton Marsh sewage treatment works where there are already two operational turbines.

Even though the applicants, Manchester-based ASC Renewables, offered residents in Tetney, Tetney Lock and Humberston at least £100 off their energy bills each year for 25, the scheme was opposed by many.

Fearful that their initiative would be snarled up in planning red tape at East Lindsey District Council, ASC pressed for a decision from Whitehall which ruled in favour after considering recommendations  from an independent planning inspector.

ASC Renewables are no longer thought to be involved, having relinquished the reins to the Bishopthorpe Wind Farm Ltd whose sole directors, both based in Scotland, are Mark Evans
and  Katy Hogg who are also involved with other onshore wind farm ventures in the UK.

The former is managing director of the UK division of German company Baywa.Re which has an important stake in the Bishopthorpe scheme

Meanwhile, Miss Hogg, who is 36,  is managing director of a firm which operates a nine-turbine farm at Fraisthorpe, near Bridlington.

Cables to connect the new windfarm to the national grid have already been laid, and the whole venture is expected to be operational in the first part of 2017.


Above and below - a specialist crane is being used to hoist the turbine columns and blades into place

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