September 11 (Renewables Now) - Onshore construction has officially started for the 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK with a breaking of ground on the onshore cable route, German developer Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) said on Monday.
UK companies J Murphy & Sons Ltd and Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd (STDL), which will carry out the two-year onshore construction programme, are already performing initial works.
Triton Knoll will have more than 57 km (35 miles) of underground electrical export cable in Lincolnshire, from the landfall location north of Anderby Creek to a new substation near Bicker and then to the existing National Grid Bicker Fen Substation.
Work on the new onshore substation will begin early next year. Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) on Monday confirmed an order to design, supply and build the onshore substation and two offshore transformer modules for the project.
"Our main offshore work will begin in 2019, with work already underway onshore to build a new access road to the substation construction site," said Phil Manley, project director, STDL.
Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey, Murphy chief executive John Murphy and STDL's Manley cut the turf on the cable route.
Triton Knoll achieved financial close recently, shortly after Innogy agreed to sell a combined 41% stake in the project to Japanese utilities Electric Power Development Co (TYO:9513), also known as J-Power, and Kansai Electric Power Inc (TYO:9503).