April 5 (Renewables Now) - The developers of the 857-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project have signed a lease agreement with Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd (ABP) that enables building a long-term operations base at the Royal Dock in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.
The facility will span close to four acres (1.62 hectares) of ABP’s Grimsby port and will serve as a base for the offshore construction of the wind park, to be located off the Lincolnshire coast. In addition, it will be used for operation and maintenance (O&M) activities over the 20-25-year period after the wind farm is completed, according to the project’s website.
A contractor for the construction of the new base will be picked in a tender, due to be finalised later this summer.
The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm will comprise 90 turbines, two substations and over 100 kilometres (62.1 miles) of cabling. The project is led by Germany’s Innogy SE (ETR:IGY), the owner of the 59% stake. Two other partners, Japanese utilities J-Power (TYO:9513) and Kansai Electric Power Co (TYO:9503), hold 24% and 16%, respectively.