Tolent begins work on Triton Knoll wind farm’s operational base in UK

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jul 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

UK-based construction firm Tolent has begun work on the operational base for Triton Knoll wind farm at Grimsby’s Royal Dock off the coast of Lincolnshire in the North Sea, England.

Tolent had won the contract from Triton Knoll in June this year.

The scope of the work will include the construction of control room, office and warehouse facilities to support the base of operations and maintenance for the 857MW offshore wind farm.

The new operations base will occupy almost four acres of prime port location and is expected to create local jobs and opportunities for suppliers, along with 70 direct, high skilled jobs.

The port will support regular, long-term vessel movements including service operations vessels and crew transfer vessels once work finishes on-site in July 2020.

As part of the contract, Tolent will also install an 800m² modular building and associated services to accommodate the quayside operations, along with a car park for the offshore wind farm.

Tolent regional commercial director Nick Hazelgrave said: “This contract win is another great addition to our work in the offshore sector, adding to a variety of experience across sectors including industrial, commercial, retail, hospitality and housing.

“Triton Knoll is a new client for us and it’s been fantastic to learn more about their activities across this industry as we walked around the site today. Our team is now underway with delivering another quality job as we look to increase our work across the central region of the UK.”

Owned by innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm will include 90 MHI Vestas turbines, each with a capacity to generate 9.5MW. When operational, the wind farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than 800,000 UK households.

innogy will manage the construction along with providing long-term operations and maintenance works for the project.

Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Tolent, another north east based-firm to the Triton Knoll team. This further reinforces our commitment to investing in and creating long-term, skilled jobs in this region.

“This work in Grimsby represents 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.”

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Image: Triton Knoll and Tolent officials at the ground breaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd.

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