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MHI Vestas selected as preferred turbine supplier for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 September 2017

Innogy and Statkraft have chosen MHI Vestas as a preferred supplier of turbines for the proposed Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

The 860MW offshore wind farm will be developed 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire in the UK North Sea. For the wind farm, MHI Vestas will supply its latest 9.5MW offshore turbines.

The wind farm will be the first to install MHI Vestas’ latest V164-9.5MW turbines, which is claimed to be one of the most powerful and efficient turbines in the market.

Innogy and Statkraft have selected MHI Vestas, after the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm recently received the contract of difference (CfD) in the latest round of the UK Government’s auction.

If MHI Vestas receives a firm and unconditional order, it will supply 90 of its wind turbines for the project.

While still being a preferred supplier, innogy and Statkraft stated that they will work with MHI Vestas to maximise and build on its UK footprint including an industrialisation plan, which can create up to 800 jobs and an investment of £200m.

Triton Knoll Project Director James Cotter said:  “We achieved a successful result at the CfD auction, thanks to a business case that was designed through collaboration with the supply chain and which puts cost reduction, low cost generation and UK content at the forefront of our project.

“MHI Vestas is absolutely central to our business plan, which aims to deliver at least 50% UK content over the lifetime of the project, while creating significant value for the UK and energy consumers from the delivery of our wind farm.

“As one of the world’s leading wind turbine companies, we are delighted to have MHI Vestas on board and look forward to working with them to further maximise innovation and value in all aspects of the project.”

While the total cost of the wind farm is expected to reach £2bn, the final investment decision on the project will be taken next year. Construction will begin in 2020 and the wind farm’s commissioning could take place in 2021.

Image: MHI Vestas selected as preferential supplier for Triton Knoll wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Ltd.