Triton Knoll has agreed a deal with Able UK’s Seaton Port to use its facility in Grimsby as the wind farm’s long-term operations and maintenance base.
Triton Knoll has placed orders with world-leading turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas to provide the offshore project with 90 of its V164-9.5 MW machines.
MHI Vestas will establish a full-scale turbine pre-assembly operation at Able UK’s Seaton Port in Teesside, from enabling works to loadout.
MHI Vestas will supply 90 of its most powerful turbines to the project.
Able UK will develop an additional 140 metres of new heavy-duty quayside at the port and invest in equipment and facilities to support delivery of Triton Knoll.
The port activity involving all partners could create around 100 new and predominantly local jobs and unlock over £16m investment in new infrastructure and equipment.
Project Director at Triton Knoll, Julian Garnsey, said: “This is a great moment for Triton Knoll and the UK offshore wind industry as we formally secure the means to deliver around £2billion of new UK energy infrastructure.
“Triton Knoll expects to deliver at least 50% of our investment with UK firms over the project’s lifecycle and at the height of construction we expect to see over 3000 people working on the project.
“We are delighted to be expanding the project’s UK footprint with MHI Vestas and these two east coast ports. The subsequent investment in Able UK’s Seaton port facility represents a great opportunity to enhance offshore wind port facilities within the Northern Powerhouse region.”
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