Triton Knoll team selects Siemens for substation deliveries

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Oct 2017

TRITON Knoll has selected Siemens Transmission and Distribution as its preferred supplier to deliver both the onshore and offshore substations.

The huge wind farm, off the Lincolnshire coast, was granted a subsidy in the latest Government auction last month, and looks set to use the Manchester-based team for the engineering procurement and construction of the vital elements. 

Once finalised, the contract will require construction of two offshore substation platforms and the onshore substation. Siemens will also design and deliver a 400kV electrical connection into the existing National Grid substation at Bicker Fen, to connect power from the wind farm into the national grid.

It is anticipated that the offshore substation platforms could be fabricated within the UK, with Siemens looking to strengthen its supply chain links when sub-contracting.

Triton Knoll has continually reiterated its desire to realise Able Marine Energy Park, with bosses behind the North Killingholme site stressing the need for more than one project to make it viable. 

While under contract as preferred supplier at this stage, the wind farm team will now work with Siemens to help unlock opportunities for regional and national suppliers, as it gears up for the start of construction later in 2018.

James Cotter, pictured, project director, said: “I’m really pleased to have such an experienced company on board. Siemens’ involvement represents a very real opportunity for competitive UK companies to get involved with our project and benefit from our investments.

“Siemens has a great reputation for working with local communities. As the onshore element of the project moves into construction in 2018, Siemens will work right at the heart of the community and will become regular visitors to our Local Liaison Committee meetings.

“As the project moves forward, we will be working with Siemens to push the boundaries of technology as they complete detailed design works and further streamline the project, helping us to deliver value to consumers through the lower cost of energy.”

Triton Knoll will have a capacity of 860MW, which looks set to be delivered by the new MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines, with a preferred supplier agreement in place there, as reported last month.

Siemens’ director of AC grid access, Mike Grainger, said: "Siemens is proud to be a part of the Triton Knoll team.  We look forward to working together to deliver a solution which reflects the continuing  innovation and quality expected from Siemens and which builds upon our track record of delivering seven grid connections in the UK with over 3GW of offshore wind connected power.”

The £2 billion project is progressing towards a financial investment decision  next year, which of positive, would see full onshore construction starting shortly after, and offshore construction starting in 2020. First energy generation could be as early as the first quarter of 2021, with the project expecting to begin commissioning in 2021.

LOCATION: Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. 

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