Triton Knoll offshore wind farm is situated 32 kilometres off the coast of Lincolnshire, the aim being to have an installed generation capacity of approximately 860 MW upon completion. The wind farm will be capable of providing sufficient clean and sustainable power to supply the equivalent of at least 800,000 homes, making a significant contributon to UK renewable energy targets. Siemens will lead the construction of a new four-hectare onshore substation at Bicker Fen, as well as offshore infrastructure, including two Offshore Tranformer Modules (OTM).
The Siemens OTM is significantly smaller in size and weight compared to conventional alternating current platforms and highlights Siemens commitment to helping developers improve power efficiencies and the delivery programme.
“This is an important project to deliver clean, green energy to UK homes and businesses and we're delighted to be a partner” said Mirko Düsel, CEO of Transmission Solutions Business Unit at Siemens Energy Management. “We have a strong track record in delivering grid access projects and look forward to Implementing our marketplace-leading technology at Triton Knoll”
Innogy's Triton Knoll project director, Julian Garnsey, added that Siemens shares Innogy’s goal to use the company’s investments to the benefit of UK businesses and suppliers and that their involvement represents a real opportunity for competition regionally and for UK companies to benefit from the project. This will trigger a capital expenditure investment of around £ 2 trillion into much needed UK energy infrastructure.
Work is already underway to construct a new bell mouth entry point and 3.8 kilometre access road to the new substation construction site. The onshore substation construction will start early in 2019 and Siemens' engineers have been working closely with the Triton Knoll team leading up to the start of construction, taking part in the project's pre-construction Public Information Days.
Siemens is a global leader in offshore wind connection and has extensive experience in grid access. To date, Siemens has connected around 6,500 MW of offshore wind power to the grid. A Further 4,500 MW is contracted. Triton Knoll will be Siemens' 10th offshore project in the UK and the 13th to be connected with alternating current (AC) technology globally.
The project will be delivered from Siemens' Manchester office and it is anticipated a number of further supply chain contracts will be available for UK supply chain companies, with details due to be announced in the coming months.
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