Innogy and ABP seal the deal for Triton Knoll Grimsby base
The base, the location - midway down the eastern quay - and the key players: Julian Garnsey, top, with Simon Bird.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Apr 2019
Energy giant Innogy has sealed the deal to base its latest offshore wind farm in Grimsby.
The company behind the huge Triton Knoll project, has signed a lease with Associated British Ports for four acres of land at Royal Dock.
Anticipated since the project was consented, and with indicative plans unveiled at Grimsby Renewables Partnership’s 2019 conference in February, the agreement signals an early summer build of a long-term operations base, with more than 70 direct jobs to be created.
Triton Knoll is an 857MW offshore wind farm to be built off the Lincolnshire coast, featuring 90 of the world’s most powerful turbines, two substations and more than 100km of cabling.
Once built it will provide electricity to power more than 800,000 homes and is a part of the path to 8GW of installed capacity set out for the town in the coming years.
Julian Garnsey, Innogy’s project director for Triton Knoll, said: “We are very pleased to be establishing our long term home in what could be considered to be the hub of the offshore wind industry.
The selected MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbine, above, and exactly where Triton Knoll is located, below.
“The recent Sector Deal sets out the huge potential of offshore wind to create up to 27,000 high skilled jobs in UK coastal communities. Continued commitment to new and expanding facilities such as ours with ABP, means we can deliver even greater investment into coastal communities and businesses, where jobs and economic regeneration are most needed.
“ABP is recognised as a leader in the provision of quality renewables port facilities, and we’re looking forward to developing and growing our facilities with them, local people and businesses in the coming months and years.”
New facilities will provide a hub for the operation and maintenance of the farm for the next 20 to 25 years, supporting regular, long-term vessel movements, including service operations vessels and crew transfer vessels, during both the construction and operations phases.
Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber, said: “This new lease further underlines Grimsby’s place as the world’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance port. The Port of Grimsby has seen exceptional growth in terms of supporting the renewable sector in recent years and already supports 1.5GW of installed capacity.
“It is through this collaborative approach that ABP can proclaim we are at the centre of driving the green supply of energy for the nation.”
Triton Knoll also aims to recruit new and existing skilled technicians to its team, with the first 20 roles expected to be recruited and in place by the end of the year.
Fergus Graham and Julian Garnsey shake on a deal that delivers work in Grimsby.
Tendering for a contractor to build the facility is also underway, while a contract to clear the seabed site - roughly the size of Greater Manchester - has also been issued to Grimsby inward investor James Fisher Marine Services.
It comes as Orsted’s East Coast Hub completes on the quayside, in the shadow of the iconic Dock Tower. Already serving three operational farms, it will add world-leading Hornsea One and Two as they are built out, with first power on the former already achieved.
ABP has yet to confirm what it means for the current border inspection post by the site, with calls for more than a decade to move it to Immingham where the vast majority of food imports are now handled.
With uncertainty over what customs regime the ports will operate in, potentially in coming weeks, the scale required for a new facility hasn't been established.