Triton Knoll has started the export of power to the UK National Grid.
First generation is being followed by a period of rigorous testing and commissioning, while the project continues to install the remainder of its 90 Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines. All turbines are being handled at Able Seaton Port in Teesside where RWE, through Triton Knoll, has invested in establishing new turbine handling capabilities at the port for the first time in its history. Further investments in the region also include the creation of a new, multi-million pound operations base in Grimsby, which will generate up to 70 new, skilled jobs locally.
“The successful first generation is a fantastic achievement for our Triton Knoll project, which has delivered first power on schedule while coping with the many challenges posed by the Corona pandemic. We are well on track to complete turbine commissioning in 2021, with final project completion of Triton Knoll in early 2022.”Sven Utermöhlen, chief operating officer wind offshore global, RWE Renewables.
“Today’s milestone is the result of many years’ collaboration with our local and national supply chain partners, and local communities with whom we have worked hard to deliver local benefits, jobs and investments, while investing in new renewable energy for over 800,000 UK homes.”Tom Glover, chief commercial officer RWE Renewables and RWE UK country chair.
Triton Knoll offshore wind farm is located over 32 kilometres off the Lincolnshire coast. It is jointly owned by RWE (59%), J-Power (25%) and Kansai Electric Power (16%), with RWE leading both the wind farm’s construction and the long-term operation and maintenance works, on behalf of the project partners. Total planned investment volume amounts to approximately £2 billion.
Vestas’ Isle of Wight and Fawley blade facilities is at the heart of turbine component production, and has manufactured the V164-9.5 MW turbines. Installation is being carried out by DEME, using the jack-up vessel Wind Osprey, provided by Cadeler.
With complete turbine commissioning due in 2021, and final project completion expected in early 2022, Triton Knoll wind farm will have an installed capacity of 857 megawatts, capable of supplying green electricity equivalent to the annual demand of over 800,000 UK homes.