UK based MPI Offshore to head up foundations installation at Triton Knoll


Triton Knoll has today confirmed UK-based MPI Offshore Ltd as preferred supplier for the transportation and installation of its offshore wind turbine foundations and offshore substations.

Triton Knoll has today confirmed UK-based MPI Offshore Ltd 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 top 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 (1) jack-up vessel will lift, transport and install all the foundations.

While still at preferred supplier stage, the wind farm 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.

Triton Knoll Project Director James Cotter said: “We’re delighted that, so soon after the CFD auction result, we are able to announce yet another major UK supplier, with whom we have worked closely to deliver both value and low cost energy generation for UK consumers.

“MPI already has a great UK footprint and engagement with the UK supply chain, and we expect to now work even more closely with them to build on that, as we progress towards contract completion and start of offshore works. We and our top tier contractors will be working with the most cost efficient suppliers to deliver this project and our commitments to UK jobs and contracts.

“MPI are an important part of 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 a UK-based industry specialist, and one of the world’s leading offshore component installers, we are delighted to have MPI on board.”

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.

MPI Offshore Managing Director Tony Inglis said: “MPI Offshore is proud to be selected as preferred-supplier for foundations transport and installation within the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind project.

“Throughout the process of preferred supplier engagement, MPI Offshore has worked hand in hand with Triton Knoll’s team to assist in building a responsive, collaborative team effort toward their successful CfD bid.

“With a strong UK footprint and project staff based in North East England, MPI brings a long, experienced history of wind-farm installation, while contributing toward Triton Knoll’s goal of at least 50% UK content over the lifetime of the project.

“We are grateful to Triton Knoll for their faith in our ability and belief that we could be part of their collaborative team effort and look forward to an innovative and successful project.”

Triton Knoll is a circa 860MW (4) East Coast offshore wind farm project, and expects to trigger a capital expenditure investment of around £2billion into much needed UK energy infrastructure. This will enable the delivery of some of the lowest cost energy generation for UK consumers. The CfD winning 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.

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Editors notes

A Snapshot of Triton Knoll statistics:

The project will be located approximately 32km off the Lincolnshire coast and 50km off the coast of North Norfolk. It has consent to install almost 60 kilometres of onshore underground export cable, and a new substation near Bicker Fen.

  • Likely overall capital expenditure investment in much needed UK energy infrastructure – around £2billion
  • Likely overall UK content – at least 50% (full project lifecycle cost)
  • Potential jobs supported – up to 3000 UK Jobs during construction
  • No. of turbines – 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW
  • Installed generating capacity – circa 860MW
  • Homes equivalent – an expected minimum of 800,000
  • Size of turbines (height) – Approximate tip height of V164-9.5 MW turbine – 187 m (NB; consent granted for maximum installed blade tip height up to 220m)
  • Distance Offshore – 32 km off the coast of Lincolnshire and almost 50km from the coast of North Norfolk
  • Point of Landfall – north of Anderby Creek
  • Connection point to national grid network – existing national grid Bicker Fen substation
  • Length of cable route (onshore & offshore) – onshore corridor = 57km, offshore corridor = 49km (combined distance is approx. the same as London to Southampton.)

(1) About MPI Discovery
Key features on the MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonne-capacity main crane, plus a 50-tonne-capacity auxiliary crane, accommodation capacity for 112 persons, a maximum operating depth of 40 metres (at 5.0m leg penetration and 7.8m air gap) and an ability to jack with 6,000 tonnes of cargo on board.

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(2) CFD award and consents
Triton Knoll was awarded a Contract for Difference on Monday 11 September 2017.
In July 2013, the Secretary of State granted consent for the offshore array element of the project (turbines, offshore substations, inter array cables etc). In September 2016, the Secretary of State also granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Electrical System (ES) which connects the power generated from the offshore array into the national grid onshore. The ES consent includes the offshore export cable, the onshore underground export cable, an intermediate electrical compound at Orby, and a new substation at Bicker Fen, ultimately ensuring the delivery of energy potentially into an anticipated 800,000 UK homes once the wind farm is fully operational.

(3) Partnership
Triton Knoll is a joint venture partnership between Innogy Renewables UK Ltd (innogy) (50% share) and Statkraft (50% share).

About Statkraft
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3800 employees in more than 20 countries.
Since 2006, Statkraft has invested £1.4 billion in the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure and provided 2.5 GW of renewable energy Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s)
For further information about Statkraft visit

About innogy SE
innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Its activities focus on its
23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain, Italy and the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa), with a total capacity of 3.7 gigawatts. As a leader of innovation in future-oriented fields like eMobility, we are represented in the international hot-spots of the technology industry such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, London and Berlin. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporates. With planned capital investments of around €6.5- €7.0 billion (2017-2019), we are building the power market of the future and driving forward the transformation of the energy market.

innogy is colourful, flexible and full of energy – let’s innogize!

With an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts in offshore wind and with over 1900 megawatts in onshore wind, innogy is one of the major operators in Europe. We plan, build and operate plants to generate power and extract energy from renewable sources. Our aim is to take the expansion of renewables in Europe further in the short term, both on our own and working with partners. We believe that working together in this way is the key to making the energy transition a success. Currently, we are particularly strongly represented in our home market, Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland. At the moment we are focusing on continuing to expand our activities in onshore and offshore wind power. We are also looking at entering new markets and technologies, such as large-scale photovoltaic plants.
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(4) Energy Generation
It is estimated that the average annual generation expected at the site could be equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of an expected minimum of 800,000 average UK households.
Energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlated with long term reference data. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent figure may change as further data are gathered.
Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4100 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK National Statistics Authority.”

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