The key link in any wind farm project is the grid connection, where the power generated by the wind farm feeds into the national grid system.
In March 2010, Forewind signed a connection agreement for its first project, to connect at Creyke Beck, north of the Humber Estuary. In October 2011, Forewind signed two more connection agreements for an additional two projects to be located at an existing National Grid substation site at Lackenby, east of Middlesborough.
In March 2012, Forewind announced the signing of a further 3GW of grid connections. One of those will connect at Creyke Beck, the site of the first grid connection agreement. The remaining two connections located in Teesside, have since been handed back as they would not be required.
This means Forewind and its owners will now proceed with the development of a total of 4.8GW of offshore wind farm generation capacity.
From a technical perspective, the electrical systems to connect from the offshore zone back to the National Grid substations has been designed as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment. These connections will make use of innovative High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology.
The assets will eventually be owned and operated by an Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO).