Businesses explore Triton Knoll's onshore opportunities

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Mar 2018

BUSINESSES have been given an important insight into opportunities onshore with Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm and its contractors.

A meet-the-buyer event was organised and delivered by Lincolnshire Growth Hub, and focused on the Innogy-owned project’s 60km-long onshore electrical system.

The installation of the underground cable and the substation construction present some of the most significant opportunities for companies in the wider county to get involved with the project, the company said.

Coming onshore at Anderby Creek, close to Sandilands on the Lincolnshire coast, the cable routing has been described as an engineering task “unprecedented in the UK” due to the extent of the works required to complete the connection of the 860MW farm to the National Grid.

More than 300 separate horizontal direction drills will be required to cross obstacles, with the largest ever carried out in the UK to date being 100 during the widening of the M25.

It will run from the point of landfall to a new-build substation at Bicker Fen, south west of Boston, with two separate teams on northern and southern sections. 

ROUTE: The onshore electrical system for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. 

Lincolnshire County Council Cllr Mark Storer opened the event, at Boston College, alongside Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey, who said over 100 new businesses have since been added to the project’s supplier database and will now be receiving regular information and updates on opportunities emerging within the project.

Mr Garnsey said: “This was an excellent first event which clearly demonstrates the willingness of both Triton Knoll and our key suppliers to put local suppliers at the forefront of opportunities with the project. It was a very well organised event by the Lincolnshire Growth Hub, and we were really encouraged by the level of interest from the local supply chain and the level of enthusiasm and interest from them to engage with the project.”

Procurement leads from Triton Knoll and its primary contractors Siemens Transmission and Distribution Limited (STDL), responsible for the onshore substation, and J Murphy & Sons Ltd, responsible for the onshore cable, conducted one-to-one interviews with suppliers regarding potential opportunities.

STDL’s Jane Duckworth, senior project procurement manager, said: “We’ve been contacted by lots of suppliers since the event at the college, all with positive feedback and showing a real interest in the project. It was a really worthwhile venture and I was impressed with the engagement from everyone involved on the day.”

Triton Knoll is fully consented and secured its subsidy in September. Financial sign off for the £2 billion project from Innogy is now anticipated in the coming months. 

PURPLE PATCH: Triton Knoll's offshore location on our graphic showing the location of the wind farms operated and maintained out of Grimsby.

Murphy is no stranger to Lincolnshire as it currently works on the Hornsea cable route which is skirting the Grimsby-area, from Horseshoe Point to the £25 million substation at North Killingholme.

Senior subcontract buyer Lukasz Olszewski said: “It was a very encouraging event and we are now exploring a number of leads with local companies to support the onshore works at Triton Knoll. We are looking forward to engaging more with local suppliers in the future.”

Pre-construction site preparation works have already begun at key points along the onshore cable route.

Lasting several weeks, the aim is to strategically remove vegetation, including some hedgerows and trees at key points as part of a plan to protect breeding birds from potential impacts, completing ahead of the season. Work has been informed by detailed ecological studies carried out by the project. New trees will be planted and hedgerows reinstated at the completion.

Other regional supplier events are now being planned by Triton Knoll and its contractors. The team will also present at Offshore Wind Connections, Team Humber Marine Alliance's annual conference, to be held in Hull next month, as offshore investigation work to map out the seabed and geotechnical conditions continues. 

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