MPI Offshore to Install Triton Knoll Foundations and Substations

UK-based MPI Offshore has won the contract for the transportation and installation of 92 monopile foundations and transition pieces and two offshore substations at the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

MPI Offshore’s MPI Discovery jack-up vessel will lift, transport and install all the foundations.

The company’s additional scope includes the engineering, project management, quayside logistics and scour protection installation.

Triton Knoll Project Director James Cotter said: “MPI already has a great UK footprint and engagement with the UK supply chain, and we expect to now work even more closely with them to build on that, as we progress towards contract completion and start of offshore works. We and our top tier contractors will be working with the most cost efficient suppliers to deliver this project and our commitments to UK jobs and contracts.”

Triton Knoll, the innogy and Statkraft joint venture, will comprise 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines.

The project will be located approximately 32km off the Lincolnshire coast and 50km off the coast of North Norfolk.

The Sif-Smulders joint venture will be in charge of manufacturing the 90 monopiles and transition pieces, as well as two foundations for offshore substations, while Siemens Transmission and Distribution will engineer, procure, and construct both the onshore and offshore substations.

The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) mid-September at a strike price of GBP 74.75/MWh.

The project is now progressing towards a financial investment decision likely in 2018 with full onshore construction starting shortly after, and offshore construction starting in 2020.

First energy generation could be as early as mid-Q1 2021, with the project expected to begin commissioning in 2021.

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