Onshore work awarded by key Triton Knoll offshore wind farm contractor Murphy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Jun 2018

The first local contractors have been appointed by groundworks giant Murphy on Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.

Innogy’s 860MW project off the Lincolnshire coast comes onshore at Anderby Creak, just south of Sandilands, with 60km of underground cable taking the power generated to a new substation at Bicker Fen.

Murphy, already on project with Orsted for Hornsea, is responsible for design and cable work, but has brought in Lincolnshire Drainage Ltd for drainage system design, Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd for ecology support and TM Links for traffic management. 

Read more: Triton Knoll tightens up the onshore cabling on forthcoming offshore wind farm

Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey said: “We were determined from the outset of this project, that local companies would have visibility of our contracts and the opportunity to bid for them. We firmly believe that local firms can be successful and in this way, we hope to play a role in the retention of local jobs and skills and to see investment flowing into nearby communities.

“We’re therefore delighted to see the fruits of that commitment coming very much to life through Murphy, and fully expect to see even more local successes both with them and our other contractors, in the near future.”

Read more: Businesses explore Triton Knoll's onshore opportunities

The leads came from an event at Boston Community College, and more supply chain events will take place in the coming months as the project progresses into both onshore and offshore construction. 

Murphy senior subcontract buyer Lukasz Olszewski said: “It is fantastic we have been able to engage with local suppliers and we’ve been able to bring people from the area on board. This also means these companies will be approved suppliers for Murphy and so have more opportunities on future projects. We will keep speaking with local suppliers about potential work wherever possible in Lincolnshire.”

As reported in May, and widely expected, the Triton Knoll team will put operations and maintenance in the Humber, but specific port detail has yet to be released, although Grimsby’s Royal Dock – as near neighbour to Orsted – has been touted, with Port of Grimsby East, Able Marine Energy Park and Immingham also considerations.

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