MPI Offshore to install foundations at Triton Knoll wind park

MPI’s Discovery. Source: Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (www.tritonknoll.co.uk)

October 4 (Renewables Now) - UK-based MPI Offshore Ltd has joined the team of preferred suppliers for the 860-MW Triton Knoll wind farm off the UK's east coast.

The company, part of Dutch shipping group Vroon, has been selected to transport and install the wind turbine foundations and offshore substations at the wind park. The work covers a total of 92 monopile foundations and transition pieces, and two offshore substations. All the foundations will be lifted, transported and installed by the MPI Discovery jack-up vessel.     

Triton Knoll, a partnership between Germany's Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) and Norway's Statkraft, managed by Innogy, was recently successful in the UK government's contracts for difference (CfD) auction. It is looking to achieve at least 50% UK content over the lifetime of the project and the choice of MPI will contribute to that goal.  

"Throughout the process of preferred supplier engagement, MPI Offshore has worked hand in hand with Triton Knoll’s team to assist in building a responsive, collaborative team effort toward their successful CfD bid," MPI Offshore managing director Tony Inglis said in a news release on Tuesday.

The project's preferred suppliers include MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which will provide 90 turbines of 9.5 MW. Offshore construction is expected to begin in 2020, with commissioning to start in 2021.

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