November 3 (Renewables Now) - GeoSea, a unit of Belgian dredging and marine engineering group DEME, said Thursday it has been selected to transport and install the turbines for Innogy SE’s (ETR:IGY) 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK.
The Triton Knoll wind farm will be powered by 90 units of MHI Vestas’ V164-9.5 MW turbines, which will be installed off the coast of Lincolnshire, eastern England. After winning the preferred supplier status, GeoSea will design and produce the sea-fastening and tagline systems and also transport and install the 164-metre (538-ft) diametre turbines.
The DEME subsidiary expects to start work on the project in the first quarter of 2021. It noted it will work with the project developer to “maximize opportunities for UK businesses” as Innogy is looking to achieve at least 50% UK content over the lifetime of the project.
Valued at about GBP 2 billion (USD 2.6bn/EUR 2.2bn), the Triton Knoll project in September secured a contract for difference (CfD) in the UK government's auction, while a final investment decision is due in the middle of 2018. Innogy expects to launch offshore construction in 2020 and commission the park a year later.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.306/EUR 1.120)