Triton Knoll appoints Lincoln firm Allen Archaeology with largest onshore contract to date

  • Firm says “major contract” provides security for local jobs and future training opportunities
  • Region’s Executive Councillor for Economy & Place welcomes supplier’s success with Triton Knoll


Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is demonstrating support for local firms through the award of its largest onshore contract to date, to Lincoln-based archaeologists Allen Archaeology(1).

The contract is worth around £500,000 and will be a major boost to the local firm as well as supporting its plans to continue growing through local recruitment and training.

Allen Archaeology will carry out an approximate five months schedule of archaeological trial trenching(1) works along the entire route of the project’s onshore cable corridor, starting later this month, including at the landfall location, the onshore substation and the Intermediate Electrical Compound sites. The results will ensure important archaeological sites can be sensitively managed during future constructions works.

Triton Knoll Project Director James Cotter said: “Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is a hugely important clean energy infrastructure project for the UK, and will make a significant contribution towards the Government’s drive for sustainable, low cost electricity for UK consumers and businesses.

“This latest round of survey works will be our most significant onshore activity to date. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint local firm Allen Archaeology to carry out this vital work. As Triton Knoll continues to progress towards achieving the key milestone of a Financial Investment Decision, we hope to be celebrating even more successes for local firms in future.”

Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Councillor for Economy and Place, Cllr Colin Davie said he was pleased that local firms were benefitting from the wind farm development.

Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Congratulations to Allen Archaeology on winning this major contract. It’s only right that Lincolnshire businesses are the ones to reap the economic benefits of this development. Hopefully, this is just the first of many such success stories. Since the Government has consented to this major planning application, I’d encourage any firm that believes it could play a role in the development to register its interest in the project.”

Specialist contractor Allen Archaeology(1) was established in 2005 by Director Mark Allen. The company has a 40 strong team based at its head office in Lincoln, from where the Triton Knoll project team will be drawn.

Mike Wood, Project Manager at Allen Archaeology, said he was delighted the company had secured such an important local contract : “Triton Knoll is certainly a major contract for us. It’s local, in an exciting and dynamic landscape, and just the kind of work that we feel we should be involved in.

“We’re increasingly adopting the “grow our own” principle, and placing new locally selected recruits through our award winning training programme, to become our archaeologists of the future. The contract with Triton Knoll provides security of future business and means we can be confident in continuing with this approach.”

During the Trial Trenching works, teams will be highly visible at times and will use JCBs or rubber-tracked vehicles to start the trench excavation process. Triton Knoll says these activities should not be considered to be the start of onshore construction and are required for archaeological purposes only. The works will have no impact on any public rights of way.

Triton Knoll is being developed as a joint venture between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy)  (50%) and Statkraft (50%), with innogy managing the project on behalf of the partnership.(2) At up to 900MW, the fully operational project would be capable of generating enough energy for around 800,000 UK homes(3).

The project will be located approximately 32km off the Lincolnshire coast and 50km off the coast of North Norfolk. It  has consent to install almost 60 kilometres of onshore underground export cable, an Intermediate Electrical Compound at Orby, and a new substation near Bicker Fen.

Businesses wanting to register an interest in working with Triton Knoll can submit their details at the project website:

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Media Contacts

Mark Fleming

Triton Knoll Communications Manager

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Natasha Powers

Allen Archaeology

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Editors notes

 (1) Allen Archaeology and Trial Trenching

Allen Archeology is an independent, professional commercial archaeological contractor and consultancy and a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. They provide a full range of archaeological services on a national basis, from desk-based assessments and geophysical surveys to large scale excavations.

Trial Trenching – A series of non-intrusive geophysical surveys have already been undertaken to inform the location of the trial trenches.  Allen Archaeology is already working closely with all landowners and with local authorities, as it prepares to undertake the programme of archaeological investigations. It expects to dig around 270 trial trenches at key locations over the coming months. Trenches will be approximately 2m wide, up to 50m long in places and the work will be carried out by three mobile teams.

(2) Partnership

Triton Knoll is a joint venture partnership between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (50% share) and Statkraft (50% share).

About Statkraft

Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3800 employees in more than 20 countries.

Since 2006, Statkraft has invested £1.4 billion in the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure and provided 2.5 GW of renewable energy Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s)

For further information about Statkraft visit

 About innogy SE

innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Its activities focus on its
23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain, Italy and the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa), with a total capacity of 3.7 gigawatts. As a leader of innovation in future-oriented fields like eMobility, we are represented in the international hot-spots of the technology industry such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, London and Berlin. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporates. With planned capital investments of around €6.5- €7.0 billion (2017-2019), we are building the power market of the future and driving forward the transformation of the energy market.
innogy was formed from the restructuring of the RWE Group and started operations on 1 April 2016. Its IPO in October 2016 made innogy SE Germany’s most valuable energy company.
innogy is colourful, flexible and full of energy – let’s innogize!

With an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts in offshore wind and with over 1900 megawatts in onshore wind, innogy is one of the major operators in Europe. We plan, build and operate plants to generate power and extract energy from renewable sources. Our aim is to take the expansion of renewables in Europe further in the short term, both on our own and working with partners. We believe that working together in this way is the key to making the energy transition a success. Currently, we are particularly strongly represented in our home market, Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland. At the moment we are focusing on continuing to expand our activities in onshore and offshore wind power. We are also looking at entering new markets and technologies, such as large-scale photovoltaic plants.
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 (3) Energy Generation

Energy predicted to be generated by the Triton Knoll proposal is derived using long term wind speeds calculated by meteorological models seeded with historical weather data obtained from satellite, surface-based and airborne measurement systems. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further data are gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4500 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household estimates and projections from the UK Statistics Authority.)

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