Triton Knoll arrival 'excitement' the toast of #GRP19

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 6 Feb 2019

Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey laid out the time line for the development of Innogy's 857MW offshore wind farm, underlining the excitement in the industry, as audience anticipation at the investment reaches fever pitch.

The Innogy executive told how an operations and maintenance base, featuring construction co-ordination, will be built at Port of Grimsby's Royal Dock later this year, with 2021 lined up for installation and commissioning.

Addressing more than 300 delegates at #GRP19, he said: “It is a really exciting time for offshore wind, it is an exciting time for Innogy and an exciting time for Grimsby as well.

Julian Garnsey, project director, Triton Knoll at #GRP19.

“We didn’t just come here for the weather. Admittedly, geography has a lot to do with it. Grimsby is one of the nearest locations to where Triton Knoll will be built and it is not just a coincidence because back in 2003 Innogy went through qualification with The Crown Estate and suggested Triton Knoll as a location. It is 15 years in the making to get to where we are now.

“Here wind resource, port infrastructure and skills base is excellent. It is really great to be part of the North East cluster and one of the leading offshore hubs in the UK. We look forward to complementing the existing cluster, and we are really looking forward to making the same contribution here in Grimsby.”

An early stage concept design of how Triton Knoll offshore wind farm's operations and maintenance building could look at Royal Dock, Grimsby, revealed at #GRP19. Designs are still subject to site surveys and planning approval.

He told how Triton Knoll is the largest wind farm yet to be developed by Innogy, with five already operating in the UK. “It is a huge project, a significant piece of infrastructure of the UK. The scale is challenging.”

Onshore work is underway between the substation location just west of Boston and landfall at Anderby Creek, and Mr Garnsey told how component manufacturing would also start in the coming months, with offshore clearance work before the 2020 installation of foundations, array cables, export cables an offshore substations.

Read more: Offshore wind sector deal is done - RenewableUK director

This week in two years’ time, is the planned first turbine installation, with the whole farm commissioning by the end of August 2021.

Flagging up opportunities with Sofia, off the North Yorkshire Coast, which should be in for Government subsidy auction in June, Mr Garnsey said companies in the area shouldn’t restrict themselves to the UK’s offshore appetite.

“The sector deal highlights the size of the prize for the UK in offshore wind. The plan is for 30GW and thousands of jobs, essentially for coastal communities like Grimsby. Suppliers who have proved themselves in offshore wind in the UK are in a very good position to export beyond the UK as offshore wind goes round the world.

Speakers and directors at #GRP19.

“We have moved from potential to delivering real value across the country. We have a really great UK success story here. The UK is at the forefront of developing a technology that doesn’t just make environmental sense in terms of air pollution and climate change, it makes a huge amount of economic sense. It is cost competitive with new-build gas, it is a massive step forward and can deliver gigawatts of power in two to three years.

"It is a compelling economic step as well as a compelling environmental step and that’s why governments around the world have announced targets totalling 130 GW – that’s 10 times the recent record generation in the UK. Global prospects are huge. This cluster is really well placed to make the most of that. It is not going to be handed to us on a plate, we need to carry on working together, collaboratively and competitively to make the most of our chances to secure these opportunities.”

GRP directors ahead of the event opening at Grimsby's Humber Royal Hotel.

Triton Knoll’s equipment manufacturer, MHI Vestas, was represented at the Humber Royal Hotel by commissioning manager Matt Paterson and service manager Richard Helm.

They told how Grimsby will become the company’s UK logistics hub, with Innogy's Royal Dock site hosting the completion harbour for the installation, and 30 technicians.

A 70m service operation vessel, Esvagt Havyard – similar to Orsted’s Grimsby pairing for Race Bank and Hornsea Project One - was shown to delegates, with a further two crew transfer vessels to be deployed.

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