Able Seaton Port transforming for Triton Knoll turbines

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Ports Windfarms 04/02/2020 Triton Knoll

Preparatory works are underway to transform Able Seaton Port (Able) for its role at the heart of turbine installation for 90 turbine, 857 MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, off the British east coast.

Turbine contractor MHI Vestas selected Able Sea Port as the turbine pre-assembly base in 2018. MHI Vestas is jointly investing with the Triton Knoll project in works at the Teesside factory, to enhance skill sets and future business appeal at the port. Able has existing experience working with offshore foundations and vessels; once infrastructure work is complete, it can add turbine handling to its offshore wind capabilities.

Site preparation earthworks are now underway, as is drainage.  New infrastructure will follow, including access roads, office buildings, and accommodation. Turbine handling equipment is heading to the port later in the year. MHI Vestas plans to deliver the first turbine components in early 2021. The 89-metre-high turbine towers, 80-metre-long turbine blades, and 375-tonne nacelles will be prepared ready for transport to the offshore site and for installation.

The V164-9.5 MW turbines being used are among the largest currently operational, and a single rotation of one turbine is capable of powering a
house for 29 hours.

Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and innogy, said: “It has always been our aim as a project to use our investment to help regional and UK businesses increase their competitiveness in the global market. We’re therefore delighted to have been the catalyst along with MHI Vestas for Able’s progression into turbine handling.

“Looking ahead, the growth of offshore wind and the likely construction of so much new capacity off the east coast presents the region with a great opportunity to compete and bring new investment, growth and jobs into Teesside.

Able Seaton UK’s Peter Stephenson said: “We have enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with Triton Knoll and preparations for this exciting contract are now well underway. It reflects another massive vote of confidence in the UK, ourselves and the Teesside supply chain.

“The project effectively completes Able’s offshore wind CV and is very much the start of something that will continue to grow. Government policy is successfully enabling growth across the offshore wind sector, with much of that potential on our very doorstep, we certainly aim to build on this fantastic opportunity.”

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project is located 32km off the Lincolnshire coast and will be capable of generating enough energy to meet the needs of more than 800,000 typical UK homes.

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