October 17 (Renewables Now) - UK engineering and construction firm J Murphy & Sons Ltd has secured a contract to design and install the 60-km (37.3-mile) onshore cable route for the 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project in the UK.
The UK firm was awarded the preferred supplier status, according to a statement on the project’s website published on Monday. As a preferred supplier, the UK firm will design and install onshore cable circuits from landfall point near Anderby Creek to a new substation at Bicker Fen, which will include almost 60 km of underground cables.
The Triton Knoll wind farm will be built off the coast of Lincolnshire, eastern England, at a planned cost of about GBP 2 billion (USD 2.6bn/EUR 2.2bn). In September the project secured a contract for difference (CfD) in the UK government's auction at a strike price of GBP 74.75 per MWh over 15 years. Last week, German energy company Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) acquired the 50% stake in the scheme previously held by Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft and became its sole owner. It said at the time that it expects to reach a final investment decision next year.
Offshore construction activities are slated to begin in 2020, with the target to produce first energy from the complex in the first quarter of 2021. To be powered by 90 units of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-9.5 MW turbines, the wind park is seen to produce enough power to supply over 800,000 local homes, once operational.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.325/EUR 1.125)