innogy, the developer of the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm, has contracted UK-based Partrac to supply, install and maintain navigation and metocean equipment as the project prepares for offshore construction to begin in January 2020
Partrac will supply and install 12 buoys to demarcate the offshore construction site and act as navigation aids to mariners. It will also supply, install and maintain two metocean buoys designed to gather information about offshore conditions, helping support operational decision-making during the construction phase.
innogy’s Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey said, “Completing construction of Triton Knoll safely depends on having excellent management of the offshore site area, which is well over 50 km2. This contract with Partrac is a critical part of that management system.”
Partrac will provide, install, maintain and remove all equipment over the course of the offshore construction activity, as well as providing the datalink necessary to support metocean data sharing.
Partrac director Sam Athey said the company would provide real-time wave and current data for the project, including metocean data that will be used to help plan and inform hundreds of heavy lifts and personnel transfers.
Triton Knoll is an 857-MW offshore windfarm with 90 turbines. Located 32 km off the Lincolnshire coast, it is the largest offshore windfarm currently being built by innogy. The project is owned by innogy (59%), J-Power (25%) and Kansai Electric Power (16%), with innogy managing construction and the long-term operation and maintenance work on behalf of the partners.