first monopile wind turbine foundation has been installed at the Triton
wind farm, 32km off the Lincolnshire coast. Each foundation consists of
a steel monopile which weighs on average 600 tonnes and measures around
54 metres long as well as a transition piece.
Installation was completed by Seaway7’s heavy lift crane vessel Seaway
which arrived on site this month (January). The vessel will also be deployed
to install the two offshore substation platforms and their foundations.
Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll (innogy), said: “Our
first clear weather window of the year has presented us with a great opportunity,
and I’m delighted to confirm that the first monopile and transition piece
have been safely and successfully installed at Triton Knoll.
“It’s great to see our offshore infrastructure beginning to rise above
the surface of the North Sea, thanks to years of hard work, planning and
preparation by the project team and innogy. We will continue to press ahead
with the foundations programme, as the weather permits, and look forward
to installation of the project’s offshore substations and cables later
owned by innogy (59%), J-Power (25%), and Kansai Electric Power (16%),
with innogy managing the construction as well as the long-term operation
and maintenance works, on behalf of its project partners.
The wind farm will
turbines mounted on monopile foundations connected by over 100km of cabling.
The wind farm is expected to produce first power in 2021. Once fully operational,
it will be capable of generating enough renewable energy to power the equivalent
of over 800,000 typical UK households
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