Release date: 06 February 2017
Contractors given an opportunity to visit the 60km Onshore cable route ahead of tendering for the work
Project hopes to maximise its UK investments by supporting UK suppliers.
Triton Knoll is looking to help major contractors put their best foot forward as they prepare to tender for the project’s largest onshore contract to date.
Over the next few weeks, the renewables project will host several invite-only site visits for contractors hoping to win the main installation contract for the project’s underground onshore export cable.
The sessions will provide an opportunity for prospective contractors to fully understand the overall site, ensuring their final contract tender offers are realistic, appropriately-costed and deliverable.
The proposed onshore export cable route is almost 60km in length and runs from the landfall location at Anderby Creek, through to Bicker Fen where the power generated by the offshore wind farm will ultimately connect into the national grid network.
Triton Knoll project director James Cotter said:
“By providing this opportunity to visit the cable route and meet our teams, we hope to give potential contractors a real awareness of the work ahead. That way, their subsequent tender offers will be well informed, appropriate to the needs of the land owners, neighbouring communities and the project.
“We’re also taking this opportunity to clarify the obligation upon the winning contractor to encourage local companies to bid for future sub-contract work on the project. We’re determined that local companies will have visibility of contracts and the chance to bid for work on our project. In this way, we hope to play a role in the retention of local jobs and skills and to see investment flowing into the community.”
The non-intrusive site visits are due to take place during week days and will involve potential contractors in high visibility jackets, walking the length of the onshore cable route. Those involved will have the chance to survey the route visually, and use hand held measuring devices, in order to fully understand the layout. Groups of contractors will be transported to the start points by minibus and escorted by a Triton Knoll project representative throughout.
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm will be located approximately 32km off the Lincolnshire coast and 50km off the coast of North Norfolk. It is being developed as a joint venture between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy)(1) (50%) and Statkraft (50%), with innogy managing the project on behalf of the partnership. With a capacity of up to 900MW, the wind farm has the potential to power up to 800,000(2) UK homes once fully operational.
The project is continuing to progress well through the latter stages of development, having secured consent for the offshore array in July 2013 and the electrical system in September 2016(3). It has already undertaken offshore site investigation works and is progressing well with onshore site investigation works along the onshore cable route and landfall. This will enable the project to complete detailed design work in preparation for progress into construction. There are still a number of key stages for the project to complete, including a successful Final Investment Decision, after which onshore construction could then begin.
For more information about the project, please visit: www.tritonknoll.co.uk
Mark Fleming, Triton Knoll Communications Manager
M: 07825 608096
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 power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4200 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 www.statkraft.com
About innogy SE – innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €46 billion (2015), 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 MENAT region (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey), with a total capacity of 3.6 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 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 billion (2016-2018), 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 number three worldwide in offshore wind (as at March 2016), with an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts. In onshore wind too, we are one of the major operators in Europe, with over 1800 megawatts. 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 as well as reinforcing hydro-electric power generation. We are also looking at entering new markets and technologies, such as large-scale photovoltaic plants, even beyond our core European markets.
innogy SE is the new subsidiary of RWE AG. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, it addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. In Renewables we plan, build and operate plants to generate power and extract energy from renewable sources. We aim to rapidly expand renewables in Europe, both on our own and with partners.
Further information: www.innogy.com
(2) Enery 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.)
In July 2013, the Secretary of State granted consent for the project’s offshore wind turbines. In September 2016, the Secretary of State also granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Electrical System (ES) which connects the offshore wind turbines into the national grid onshore. The ES consent includes the offshore export cable, the onshore underground export cable, an intermediate electrical compound at Orby, and a new substation at Bicker Fen, ultimately ensuring the delivery of energy potentially into an anticipated 800,000 UK homes once the wind farm is fully operational.