MPI Offshore to Head Up Foundations Installation at Triton Knoll
Triton Knoll has recently confirmed MPI Offshore as preferred supplier for the transportation and installation of its offshore wind turbine foundations and offshore substations. The Stokesley (Teesside) based outfit is one of a string of UK firms being announced as preferred suppliers to the project, and demonstrating Triton Knoll’s commitment to providing UK value across both the supply chain and in terms of low cost energy for consumers.
MPI will install a total of 92 monopile foundations and transition pieces, and two offshore substations in an all-weather inclusive turnkey operation. Additional scope includes the engineering, project management, quayside logistics and scour protection installation. The MPI Discovery jack-up vessel will lift, transport and install all the foundations.
While still at preferred supplier stage, the windfarm project will now work with MPI to maximise the specialist’s already strong UK footprint and realise its commitment of delivering at least 50% of UK content across the project lifecycle. MPI Offshore has pioneered the offshore wind turbine and foundation installation business since 2003, and since then has partnered leading developers and utility companies in numerous wind farm construction projects, becoming the European market leader.
Triton Knoll is a circa 860MW East Coast offshore wind farm project, and expects to trigger a capital expenditure investment of around EUR 2.25 billion into much needed UK energy infrastructure. This will enable the delivery of some of the lowest cost energy generation for UK consumers. The project is being developed as a joint venture between innogy and Statkraft, with innogy managing the project on behalf of the partnership. The project is now progressing towards a financial investment decision likely in 2018 with full onshore construction starting shortly after, and offshore construction starting in 2020. First energy generation could be as early as mid-Q1 2021, with the project expecting to begin commissioning in 2021.