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Atkins to design foundations for Triton Knoll offshore wind park

Monopile for Innogy’s Gwynt y Mor project. Source: Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (www.tritonknoll.co.uk)

December 5 (Renewables Now) - Atkins will design the monopile foundations for the 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK.

The UK engineering consultancy was today announced as subcontractor to the project's preferred foundations supplier, a joint venture between Sif Holding NV (AMS:SIFG) and Smulders.  

The wind project, owned by Germany's Innogy SE (ETR:IGY), will be made up of 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and two offshore substations.

Atkins aims to deliver new designs that will be "more efficient than anything else currently in operation," according to the statement by the consultancy and Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd.

Richard Hughes, foundations package manager for Triton Knoll at Innogy, said that the foundations could be lighter than any currently installed in comparable conditions, helping to yield cost reductions.

Andy Thompson, market lead for offshore engineering at Atkins, said that "given Triton Knoll is the first offshore wind farm to use the V164-9.5 MW turbine, we’re taking a unique approach to addressing the design questions posed by the project.”

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