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MHI Vestas lined up for Triton Knoll

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Project developers of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm have confirmed that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been selected as its preferred turbine supplier. The company plans to install up to 90 of MHI Vestas' 9.5MW turbines.

Triton Knoll will be one of the first in the world to install and operate MHI Vestas’ V164-9.5 MW turbines described by the supplier as the most powerful and efficient on the market.

While still at preferred supplier stage, the project developers stated it will now work with MHI Vestas to maximise and build on the manufacturer’s already strong UK footprint, which includes an industrialisation plan which will safeguard or create 800 UK jobs and investments of over £200m.

The news comes just one week after the wind farm was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) in the latest Government auction which saw the cost of offshore wind power drop by nearly 50%; falling below that of gas and nuclear. The project was awarded a CfD with a strike price of £74.75/MWh (€82.31/MWh).

Triton Knoll Project Director James Cotter said:  “We achieved a successful result at the CfD auction, thanks to a business case that was designed through collaboration with the supply chain and which puts cost reduction, low cost generation and UK content at the forefront of our project.

“MHI Vestas is absolutely central to our business plan, which aims to deliver at least 50% UK content over the lifetime of the project, while creating significant value for the UK and energy consumers from the delivery of our wind farm. As one of the world’s leading wind turbine companies, we are delighted to have MHI Vestas on board and look forward to working with them to further maximise innovation and value in all aspects of the project.”

If the project progresses past financial close, MHI Vestas will fulfil its turbine delivery duties using a blade factory on the Isle of Wight which opened in 2011. The large-blade competence centre produces the turbine’s 80m blades for projects in the UK and throughout Northern Europe. Triton Knoll developers stated that this continued investment in the UK by MHI Vestas is a significant factor its selection for preferred supplier to the project.

Regionally, preparations for Triton Knoll’s start of onshore work are well underway, and a full programme of onshore survey works is being completed, while some key early works are being prepared to pave the way for construction later.

Triton Knoll was awarded a licence in 2004 by The Crown Estate. With an anticipated capacity circa 860MW, the wind farm will be located approximately 50km off the Lincolnshire coast and is currently being developed as a joint venture between innogy (50%) and Statkraft (50%), with innogy managing the project on behalf of the partnership. The developers confirmed they are moving towards a financial close for 2018, after which onshore construction could then begin.

First energy generation could be as early as mid-2021, with the project expecting to begin commissioning in 2021. The wind farm has the potential to power up to 800,000 UK homes once fully operational. The developers stated that the project is expects to trigger a capital expenditure investment of around £2bn into UK energy infrastructure.

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