Biggest ever: £500k contract issued by Triton Knoll offshore wind farm

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Jun 2017

THE largest onshore contract to date has been signed by Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

A £500,000 deal has been done between the developer of the 900MW site and Lincolnshire firm Allen Archaeology.

The business will carry out a schedule of archaeological trial trenching works along the entire route of the project’s onshore cable corridor, starting later this month, including at the landfall location, the onshore substation and the intermediate electrical compound sites. The results of the five month project will ensure important archaeological sites can be sensitively managed during future constructions works.

Triton Knoll project director James Cotter, pictured, said: “Triton Knoll offshore wind farm is a hugely important clean energy infrastructure project for the UK, and will make a significant contribution towards the Government’s drive for sustainable, low cost electricity for UK consumers and businesses.

“This latest round of survey works will be our most significant onshore activity to date. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint local firm Allen Archaeology to carry out this vital work. As Triton Knoll continues to progress towards achieving the key milestone of a financial investment decision, we hope to be celebrating even more successes for local firms in future.”

The farm is awaiting the results of the latest subsidy round, the Contracts for Difference auction, due this summer, and is aiming to locate at Able Marine Energy Park at North Killingholme.

Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio holder for economy and place, Cllr Colin Davie said he was pleased that local firms were benefiting from the wind farm development. Allen is based in Lincoln.

He said: “Congratulations to Allen Archaeology on winning this major contract. It is only right that Lincolnshire businesses are the ones to reap the economic benefits of this development. Hopefully, this is just the first of many such success stories. Since the Government has consented to this major planning application, I'd encourage any firm that believes it could play a role in the development to register its interest in the project.”

Allen Archaeology was established in 2005 by Mark Allen. The company has a 40 strong team, from where the Triton Knoll project team will be drawn.

Mike Wood, project manager, said: “Triton Knoll is certainly a major contract for us. It is local, in an exciting and dynamic landscape, and just the kind of work that we feel we should be involved in.

“We’re increasingly adopting the “grow our own” principle, and placing new locally selected recruits through our award winning training programme, to become our archaeologists of the future. The contract with Triton Knoll provides security of future business and means we can be confident in continuing with this approach.”

During the trial trenching works, teams will use JCBs or rubber-tracked vehicles to start the trench excavation process. The Triton Knoll team said these activities should not be considered to be the start of onshore construction and are required for archaeological purposes only. The works will have no impact on any public rights of way.

Triton Knoll is being developed as an equal joint venture between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd and Statkraft, with Innogy managing the project.

Fully consented, the offshore site is located approximately 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, with almost 60 kilometres of onshore underground export cable, an intermediate electrical compound at Orby, and a new substation near Bicker Fen.

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