OWC: Triton Knoll keen to navigate a course to Able Marine Energy Park

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 May 2017

THE team behind the forthcoming Triton Knoll offshore wind farm is “still pursuing the path to realise Able Marine Energy Park,” as it looks to pull in public and private support to make it happen.

James Cotter, project director for the 900MW joint venture development, told how the ambition remains to leave a legacy of a first class dedicated wind port on the east coast.

The developer has previously underlined discussions about it, but speaking at Offshore Wind Connections 2017, the passion for a joined up delivery was clear.

“The easy decision is to go to a port that exists,” Mr Cotter said, referring to a recent study that was used by Dong Energy as a decider to walk away from a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Killingholme facility. “We are still pursuing the path to realise the AMEP site.”

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Explaining the need for support from the supply chain and the state as costs dramatically drop, he said: “Under previous regimes we could have got that facility away on our own.

“We are in a competitive framework and we need help. We need support from local government and the supply chain to make it work.

“This is exactly the vision, the imagination of AMEP. An east coast port that can service the growth while providing a 50 or 100 year legacy, 4,000 jobs, a driving force for a Northern Powerhouse. In this region we are in, there is a lot where we need to come together.

“We need this as the Energy Estuary in order to service the volume driven by the low prices coming through to benefit the UK.”

Mr Cotter said very little physical work had happened in the past year, and that Triton Knoll was “still the loveliest piece of seabed that doesn’t have a Contract for Difference”.

“Maybe in the near future that may change,” he added, with the scheme understood to be in the auction that should see a result this summer.

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