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2008, RPS, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Unexploded Ordnance Risk Appraisal and Geophysical Survey Contact Review

2008, RPS, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Unexploded Ordnance Risk Appraisal and Geophysical Survey Contact Review

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The proposed Lincs Offshore Wind Farm (OWR) developed by Centrica Energy, lies
on the eastern (seaward) side of the consented Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms,
approximately 8-12km off the coast of Lincolnshire. Two export cables will connect
the wind farm to the grid, with landfall to the east of the mouth of the River Nene.
The region has been historically subjected to a legacy of military activity that is likely
to have resulted in unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination.
On behalf of Centrica Energy, Emu Limited and Osiris Projects conducted
geophysical surveys along the Lincs Export Cable Route. The purpose of the
surveys was to identify the presence of any debris or obstructions along the route.
Moreover to obtaining suitable morphology and geological information on seabed
bathymetry, seabed features and sub-seabed conditions. There was no
consideration to plan for a full UXO survey at the time and the subsequent data
processing did not consider this issue.
RPS Explosives Engineering Services (EES) have now been commissioned to
review 26 geophysical contacts / sites that have been highlighted by Wessex
Archaeology to determine whether an UXO assessment can be undertaken.

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2008, RPS, Lincs Offshore Wind Farm, Unexploded Ordnance Risk Appraisal and Geophysical Survey Contact Review