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GeoSea named as preferred installer for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm

The team behind the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm has confirmed GeoSea as its preferred supplier for the transportation and installation of the 9.5MW turbines.

GeoSea named as preferred installer for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm

The company, used by Dong Energy for Westermost Rough and Race Bank, completes a 'full house' of tier one contractors.

Innogy’s 860MW development off the Lincolnshire coast will be one of the first in the world to install and operate MHI Vestas’ latest machine, described by the supplier as the most powerful and efficient on the market.

GeoSea would be due to start work in the first quarter of 2021. The contract includes the design and manufacture of the sea-fastening and tagline systems, and the transportation and installation of all 90 of the 164-metre diameter turbines.

While still at preferred supplier stage, Triton Knoll will continue to work with GeoSea to maximise opportunities for UK businesses, as it works towards the delivery of its target of 50 per cent UK content, throughout the lifetime of the project.

It is keen to use Able Marine Energy Park for assembly and build-out, providing the quay can be completed in time.

Jon Darling, Triton Knoll senior project manager said: “From the outset, Triton Knoll has worked collaboratively with its supply chain partners, to ensure that the business case we submitted into the Contracts for Difference auction can and will be delivered, effectively from the point of having won a CfD. It’s because of this approach that we’re already able to announce a wealth of preferred suppliers across our entire project, with UK firms playing a strong role in the delivery of the wind farm.”

GeoSea is described by Innogy as having a strong track record in offshore wind energy projects in the UK, including Grimsby's Westermost Rough and Race Bank;Kentish Flats Extension and Galloper. The offshore installer is expected to commit a high capability/capacity installation vessel to the delivery of the contract.

Jan Klaassen, business unit manager for offshore renewables at GeoSea, said: “The collaborative approach adopted by Triton Knoll during the tender process together with GeoSea’s leading position in providing state-of-the-art, integrated solutions for the offshore wind industry, has helped the project deliver a sustainable, low cost of energy.  GeoSea will work alongside Triton Knoll to engage with UK suppliers and to help maximise UK content.”

Just over a month after its successful bid into Government's Contract for Difference auction, Triton Knoll can confirm its full house of preferred suppliers, and is pressing ahead towards a financial investment decision on the £2 billion project in mid-2018, with onshore works expected to start shortly after.

The full list of preferred suppliers at Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is now:

  • MHI Vestas Offshore Wind – supply 90 of its V164-9.5 MW turbines
  • Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd – design and manufacture onshore and offshore substations
  • J Murphy & Sons – supply and install almost 60km of underground onshore cable
  • MPI Offshore – transport and installation of all offshore foundations and two offshore substations
  • NKT and VBMS – supply and install all offshore export and array cables
  • Sif Netherlands B.V. and Smulders Projects Belgium N.V. – manufacturer monopile foundations for turbines and OSPs
  • GeoSea – transport and install all 90 wind turbines.

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