The North Sea’s largest offshore wind turbine, Triton Knoll, has spun into action, generating electricity for the first time.
According to Energy Voice, the latest offshore wind farm build off the Lincolnshire coast is now sending renewable power ashore, as the construction continues on the Grimsby-based multi-billion pound investment, as scale keeps on building in the burgeoning green energy industry
The first of the project’s 90 wind turbines was installed in January, the largest turbine yet at, and the successful energisation of the project’s transmission system included the offshore substation platforms, offshore export cable, onshore cables and onshore substation.
Julian Garnsey, RWE’s project director for Triton Knoll, said: “It’s fantastic to see Triton Knoll generating clean renewable electricity for the first time. I would like to thank the entire project team and all our supply chain partners for achieving this milestone safely and on time despite the significant challenges presented by the global pandemic.”
Able Seaton Port is handling all the blades, nacelles and tower sections. The port is a specialist Teesside turbine construction base established and prepared for offshore wind project usage by Triton Knoll and Vestas Wind Systems A/S, a Danish manufacturer, seller, installer, and servicer of wind turbines.
Installation is being carried out by Deme, using the jack-up vessel Wind Osprey, provided by Cadeler.
The senior vice president and head of global offshore and construction at Vestas, Flemming Ougaard, reported that the firm was delighted at the performance of the V164-9.5 MW turbines, generating their first power at the offshore installation.
He added that it was a key milestone for Vestas, as the company is installing some fo the first 9.5MW turbines off the coast of the UK, with blades being supplied from Vestas’ Isle of Wight and Fawley facilities.
Pre-assembly is taking place at Able Seaton Port, he added.
Triton Knoll wind farm will have a maximum installed capacity of 875MW, which once fully operational will become the most powerful installation in the RWE global fleet and be capable of providing electricity to over 800,000 UK homes.
A single sweep of the blades of one 187m installation will power a single home for nearly 30 hours.
The project, located 32 kilometres off the coast of Lincolnshire, has a turbine array that spans an area of 145 square kilometres, which is an area greater than that of the city of Manchester (115.6 square kilometres).
It is jointly owned by RWE, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, and the operational and maintenance management will be the responsibility of RWE, on behalf of its project partners.
It is the seventh to emerge as part of the Grimsby operations and maintenance cluster, with Humber Gateway also in the fleet there.
When Orsted’s Hornsea Two is completed in 2022, the Lincolnshire town will be responsible for virtually 5GW of the UK’s offshore wind capacity, with more to follow.
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