Release date: immediate (18.01.17)
- Triton Knoll is working with Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to engage with businesses and schools
- Potential local opportunities in both construction and across a wide range of support services.
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is urging Greater Lincolnshire companies to register interest online to stay ahead of the game, when it comes to possible contract opportunities with the £multi-billion east coast renewables project.
This ‘Call to Action’ is central to a skills and employment plan, which aims to maximise opportunities for local businesses during the construction of the project’s Electrical System.
The project will need a range of contractors to help construct the almost 60kms underground electrical connection that will stretch from Anderby Creek to Bicker Fen, near Boston. Opportunities will include earthworks, construction, equipment supplies, hire services and manpower provision, but Triton Knoll also expects that many local businesses such as taxi firms, hotels and restaurants will also benefit from the additional business created by the large infrastructure project.
Triton Knoll developed its plan in discussion with Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, to help ensure opportunities are well targeted, locally. Although it will be some time before many of the contracts are released, the Triton Knoll team hope that starting the process early will allow businesses every opportunity to gear up and be ready to compete successfully.
Triton Knoll Project Director, James Cotter, said: “We want local businesses to be able to take full advantage of opportunities that the project could bring to the local area. So for organisations that register, we will provide regular project updates and timely visibility of suitable potential contracts in order to encourage local firms to prepare and bid for business on Triton Knoll. We firmly believe that Lincolnshire companies can successfully compete for contracts on the project and as a result we hope to see local firms, employing local people, and delivering investment back into their communities.”
Triton Knoll’s project team has already begun by setting up an online database at www.tritonknoll.co.uk/supply-chain and is urging Lincolnshire firms that believe they could play a part in the project to submit their company details. The website includes a ‘Potential Supply Chain Opportunities’ brochure to help local firms identify where their skills could potentially support the project. Businesses that register will be kept regularly informed of developments and their details will be shared with the project’s main contractors when they are appointed. The main contractors will be responsible for procuring most of the goods and services for the project.
Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Ursula Lidbetter, said:
“We have worked with Triton Knoll to develop a plan for engaging with local businesses and schools and are pleased to see that this engagement has started. There is more to do if the area is to benefit from this development, and we encourage local businesses to find out more about the contract opportunities that this brings. Further information about registering for opportunities can be found at our Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub www.businesslincolnshire.com ”
The wind farm team also proposes to work with schools and colleges on the cable route to help spotlight the huge value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills within the renewables sector.
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm would 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(3) (50%) and Statkraft (50%), with innogy managing the project on behalf of the partnership. With an installed capacity of up to 900MW, the wind farm will have the potential to power up to 800,000(1) UK homes once fully operational.
For more information about the project, please visit: www.tritonknoll.co.uk
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(1) 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.
Triton Knoll is a joint venture partnership between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (50% share) and Statkraft (50% share).
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