Triton Knoll turbine installation reaches halfway mark

In: Windfarms
Triton Knoll has reached a project milestone, having now installed 45 of the 90 turbines planned for the offshore array. The first of Triton Knoll’s 9.5 MW turbines was installed in January 2021 and the project remains on track to complete offshore construction by the end of the year. Turbine commissioning will continue through 2021, with final project completion set for early 2022.

Julian Garnsey, project director for RWE and Triton Knoll, said: “Reaching the halfway stage in our turbine installation campaign is a massive achievement for the project team, especially given the challenges encountered due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Turbine installation is continuing as planned, and this milestone is a huge step towards project completion and Triton Knoll providing clean, green renewable energy for up to 800,000 homes.”

Vestas is manufacturing the
V164-9.5 MW turbines at its Isle of Wight and Fawley facilities. Prior to installation, the blades, nacelles and tower sections are prepared for offshore use at Able Seaton Port. DEME, Triton Knoll’s installation partner, is using the jack-up vessel Wind Osprey to install the turbines.

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.

The project 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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