Triton Knoll's port plans are firming up

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Apr 2018

INNOGY’S plans for where Triton Knoll will operate from look set to become clearer later this year, after timeframes were clarified.

The Round Two project off the Lincolnshire coast is a hot tip for the Humber, and the significant presence at Offshore Wind Connections 2018 underlined that further, with Round Three Dogger Bank project off North Yorkshire also appraised.

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While it has previously highlighted Able Marine Energy Park, it is understood it will take a significant commitment on project pipeline to make it a reality, with other sites lining up to serve.

Observers believe Green Port Hull is out of the running with the firm having selected MHI Vestas for turbine and blade delivery, but Paull is being pushed by ABP, with proposals for Immingham’s under-utilised coal facilities also mooted.  

Grimsby could well deliver on operations and maintenance again, with every wind farm currently controlled from the Humber located there.

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 Martin Ferreira, head of offshore investment and asset management in development and construction for Innogy, addressed the event in Hull.

On Triton Knoll he said: “We have all the preferred suppliers now on board and are now going through final preparations before the start of onshore construction later this summer, and offshore construction in 2019.

“We are working closely with top tier contractors to ensure local and regional businesses are fully aware of and fully able to bid for work as it arrives.”

It will connect to the National Grid at Bicker Fen, south west of Boston, hitting landfall at Anderby Creek.

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He said work on operations and maintenance element would progress this autumn, with events to be held.

“Triton Knoll is preparing for a long term relationship with the area,” Mr Ferreria said. “From the start, we will be managing operations and maintenance and balance of plant. Innogy will take over maintenance from year six, so we will be here for the long haul, 20-plus years.

“Our presence will include a regional O&M base and we will be looking to procure a range of services for long term O&M.”

A final investment decision is anticipated in the summer.

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Previous project director, James Cotter, was a major advocate of the North Killingholme facility, but left the team recently. There was no representation from Able UK at the event, having been regular exhibition attendees in recent years. The company is currently using its Seaton facilities in the North East for load out of the subsea packages for Hornsea.

Innogy’s Sofia is a 1.2GW development and another East Coast project with National Grid connection at Teesside.

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Mr Ferreira said: “It is one of the four Dogger Bank projects which last year became 100 per cent Innogy owned. We are currently progressing through early stage development and design.

“While it is relatively early stage, we are already working with LEPs, local authorities and industry bodies, and we are also engaging with local businesses to support them to have better chances to compete for this opportunity.”

He told how from next month businesses will be able to register for supply chain updates, adding that Innogy was firmly behind the sector deal proposal, stating it was “a catalyst for further growth”.   

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