Triton Knoll offshore wind farm : Partrac to supply metocean buoys


German energy company innogy has given a contract to marine specialists Partrac for its 857MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK, as per the wind industry news.

Under the contract, the UK-based coastal and marine geoscience company will supply, install and maintain navigation and metocean equipment for the offshore wind project whose offshore construction is slated to begin in January 2020.

Partrac will be responsible for supplying and installing 12 buoys – five Cardinal Marks and seven Special Marks to set the boundaries for the offshore construction site, which will also play a role of navigation aids to mariners.

Additionally, Partrac will supply, install and maintain a couple of metocean buoys which are designed to collect information regarding offshore conditions to aid in making operational decisions during the construction stage.

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Financial terms of the contract were not revealed.

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm metocean buoy

One of the metocean buoys to be installed at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. Photo courtesy of Triton Knoll.

Julian Garnsey – Project Director for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm and innogy said: “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.

“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.”

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Partrac, in particular, will deliver, install, maintain, and remove all equipment during the course of the offshore construction activity apart from offering the data link required to help in the sharing of metocean data.

Sam Athey – Partrac Director, commenting on the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm contract, said: “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.”

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm turbines

The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, which is located 32km off the coast of Lincolnshire, will be powered by 90 V164-9.5 turbines from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. Innogy owns a 59% stake in the UK offshore wind project and is partnered by J-Power (25%) and to Kansai Electric Power (16%).

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Innogy is responsible for the construction and long-term operation and maintenance works pertaining to the Triton Knoll offshore wind project, which is targeted to begin operations in 2021.

Once fully operational, the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm is expected to produce enough renewable energy for 800,000 plus households in the UK.

In September 2018, Siemens Energy Management bagged a contract to design, supply and build the grid connection for the UK offshore wind farm to be built within the Greater Wash area.

Triton Knoll offshore wind farm jobs

The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm will be supporting nearly 3,000 jobs during the construction stage followed by 170 for its operations.

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