£3.4m Offshore Wind Farm Base Is Completed

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£3.4m Offshore Wind Farm Base Is Completed

£3.4m Offshore Wind Farm Base Is Completed

Construction work has been completed on a multi-million pound base of operations for offshore wind farm operator Triton Knoll. Contractor Tolent handed over the keys to the project at Grimsby’s Royal Dock last week.

According to The Yorkshire Post, the operations and maintenance facility, once fully fitted out, will become the long-term regional home for a team of highly-skilled technicians and support staff who have responsibility for the Triton Knoll Wind Farm facility 33 miles off the Lincolnshire coast.

The site, built across nearly four acres, has new open-plan office space, a control room, meeting rooms, a canteen and a gym, including showers and locker rooms. There is also a warehouse facility complete with a HAZMAT storage area, workshop, and storage facilities.

A radio mast has also been installed so that onshore teams can communicate with the offshore operations teams. A temporary modular building has also been erected to accommodate the teams constructing the current phase of the wind farm.

John Currie, regional director for Tolent, said: “We are extremely proud of our teams who have persevered through recent challenging times to ensure this project could be delivered ahead of time for our client.

Our work across the industrial and commercial sectors has seen us deliver award-winning projects across a variety of sub-sectors including warehouse and distribution, manufacturing, energy, waste and offshore.

“This will be a fantastic addition to our ever-growing portfolio.”

The final fitting out works are yet to be completed, to accommodate a team of people from Triton Knoll, and Innogy, a subsidiary of E.ON, which is responsible for maintaining the wind farm long-term, and the project’s lead wind turbine contractor MHI Vestas.

There have already been several locally-based jobs created, all of which will operate out of the new facility, including four apprenticeships in wind turbine technology.

Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and Innogy, said: “It’s a great new facility, a great job by Tolent, and represents the start of another exciting phase for Triton Knoll.

“With the construction work now complete, we can look forward to welcoming the team formally into a purpose-built and dedicated facility that will sit at the heart of our future operations.

This building gives us a great facility from which to strengthen our presence in Grimsby, where we are already preparing to receive our first new apprentices later this year, and are recruiting a predominantly local team to support the project.”

When the next phase in completed, the Triton Knoll Wind Farm will consist of 90 MHI Vestas turbines, each with a maximum installed capacity of 9.5MW, which, once fully operational, will be capable of supplying enough renewable energy for over 8,000 homes in the UK.

The project is owned by Innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, with Innogy managing the construction as well as the long-term operation and maintenance works on behalf of its project partners.

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