The construction and operation of Triton Knoll could unlock an important investment opportunity for the region. The project’s aim is to ensure this leaves a valuable and positive, lasting legacy.
Triton Knoll, its contractors and partners plan to work with local businesses to help establish a local, highly-skilled workforce that is best placed to support the project now, and compete for new opportunities in the region for years to come.
Independent conservative studies, carried out in 2014, concluded that the construction of Triton Knoll offshore wind farm could potentially support at least 1,900 to 2,800 UK jobs, at least half of which could be delivered locally.
The project also anticipates supporting direct and indirect jobs during the operational lifespan of the wind farm, which is typically between 20 – 25 years.
The project also anticipates investing in skills and learning to help establish a trained and skilled workforce, which can support the project and the wider renewables sector for years to come.
Jobs during construction
The construction of the wind farm itself would account for the vast majority of job opportunities. Some of these would be directly contracted by the project, but significantly more would be based with the wind farm’s main contractors.
Significant benefits are likely to be realised by people living in the surrounding regions of Greater Lincolnshire, Boston, the Humber, the east of England, East Midlands and Yorkshire.
Around 500 full time equivalent jobs could result from the installation of the electrical system construction works alone, with a number of these likely to be Lincolnshire based.
Jobs during operation
The operation of a project the size of Triton Knoll would be an enormous undertaking. It would require crews of highly skilled operations and maintenance staff to keep the wind farm running at an optimum level and to maximise the energy being captured from the wind. Triton Knoll already expects there could be many direct and indirect jobs required during this phase. By far, the vast majority of these would be locally sourced. In support of this, the project plans to support training and skills development opportunities.
Indirect support jobs
If Triton Knoll receives the final consents and support it needs to progress, it could represent a significant investment within the East Coast and UK economies. This, in turn, could also have positive spin-offs for businesses not necessarily directly involved in the construction. Companies involved in everything from hotels to transport, office facilities to catering, should be thinking about gearing-up to be able to support the delivery of the project.