Partrac has secured a contract to supply, install and maintain navigation and metocean equipment at the Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK.
The UK-based company will supply and install 12 buoys to demarcate the offshore construction site and act as navigation aids to mariners.
It will also supply, install and maintain two metocean buoys that are designed to gather information on offshore conditions, helping support operational decision-making during the project construction phase.
Partrac said it will provide, install, maintain and remove all equipment over the course of the offshore construction activity, as well as provide the datalink necessary to support the sharing of metocean data.
“We are delighted to be providing real-time, safety critical wave and current data for Triton Knoll. The metocean data will be used daily to help plan, inform and increase the safety of hundreds of heavy lifts and personnel transfers, plus boulder clearance, subsea and cable lay operations during its construction phase,” said Partrac Director Sam Athey.
Triton Knoll will feature 90 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines located 32km off the Lincolnshire coast. The 860MW project, owned by innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, is scheduled to enter the offshore construction phase in January 2020.
“Completing construction of Triton Knoll safely depends on having excellent management of the offshore site area which totals well over 50 square kilometres. This contract with Partrac is a critical part of that management system,” said Julian Garnsey, Project Director for Triton Knoll and innogy.
“It’s very encouraging for the UK’s future in global offshore wind that a home-grown company is able to provide such critical and specialist support for Triton Knoll. Helping develop that expertise is important to Triton Knoll, and so we are very pleased to be working with Partrac to further develop the UK capabilities in this sector.”