First turbine stands tall at Triton Knoll

In: Windfarms
25/01/2021
Triton Knoll has confirmed that the first of its 90 offshore wind turbines has been installed, marking an important step towards first generation this spring.

The
V164-9.5 MW turbines are manufactured by MHI Vestas, which has placed its Isle of Wight and Fawley blade facilities at the heart of component production.

All blades, nacelles and tower sections are being handled at a specialist turbine pre-assembly and construction base, established by Triton Knoll and Vestas at Able Seaton Port, in Teesside. Installation is being carried out by DEME, using the jack-up vessel Wind Osprey, provided by Cadeler.

The 9.5MW turbines are among the most powerful operating anywhere in the world, and capable of energising a typical UK household for more than 29 hours with a single turn of the blades. Each turbine has a greater swept area than the London Eye (turbine 187m, London Eye 120m), and measures 187 metres from the base of the tower to the tip of the blades.

With a commercial operation date expected in the first quarter of 2022,
Triton Knoll will have an installed capacity of 857 MW, capable of supplying green electricity equivalent to the annual demand of over 800,000 UK homes. It is located over 32 kilometres off the Lincolnshire coast. It is jointly owned by RWE (59%), J-Power (25%) and Kansai Electric Power (16%), with RWE leading the wind farm’s construction and long-term operation and maintenance works, on behalf of the project partners. The total planned investment volume amounts to approximately £2 billion.

Triton Knoll was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in September 2017. In 2018 it secured a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ørsted, under which the company will offtake 100% of the power produced by the wind farm.

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