Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd, a UK-based subsidiary of Siemens AG (ETR:SIE), has been selected as the preferred supplier to deliver both the onshore and offshore substations for the 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK, the project consortium said today.
Under the prospective contract, Siemens will build two offshore substation platforms and the onshore substation. It will also design and deliver a 400-kV connection into a National Grid substation at Bicker Fen. Siemens will carry out the work out of its Manchester base and will look to strengthen links with the UK supply chain when subcontracting elements of the project, according to the announcement.
To be built off the UK east coast, Triton Knoll is a joint venture between Germany's Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) and Norway's Statkraft. The project secured a contract for difference (CfD) in the UK government's recent auction and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has already been unveiled as the preferred supplier to provide its 9.5-MW turbines. A financial investment decision is expected in 2018, with full onshore construction to begin soon after that.