Work to construct a new offshore construction and operations base for the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm has started at Grimsby’s Royal Dock
Having been awarded the contract to build the facility in June 2019, Tolent is now at work constructing the control room, office and warehousing facilities that will become the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the 857-MW offshore windfarm. Tolent will also install an 800 m2 building and associated services to accommodate quayside operations.
Coinciding with the start of construction, a recruitment drive has also been launched to find the first 20 technicians for the project, with the aim of having the first post holders based in Grimsby by the end of this year.
Triton Knoll is the largest offshore windfarm under construction in the portfolio of majority project shareholder innogy.
Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey said, “We are delighted to welcome Tolent, another northeast-based firm, to the Triton Knoll team. This further reinforces our commitment to investing in and creating long-term, skilled jobs in this region.
“The work in Grimsby is an exciting phase for Triton Knoll as it establishes our long-term home in the region and prepares the way for the start of offshore construction which will begin in early 2020.”
Triton Knoll will use 90 MHI Vestas turbines, each with a maximum installed capacity of 9.5 MW.
Triton Knoll windfarm is owned by innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, with innogy managing the construction as well as the long-term operation and maintenance works on behalf of its project partners.
Port of Grimsby will support long-term vessel movements for Triton Knoll, including service operation vessels and crew transfer vessels once work finishes on site in July 2020.