04 April 2019

Triton Knoll awards latest contract to James Fisher Marine Services

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has been awarded a latest contract by innogy’s Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm to begin offshore site preparations this Spring.

The contract success comes less than two weeks after the publication of the Offshore Sector Deal between the industry and government, which seeks to promote opportunities for investment and growth at UK coastal communities and businesses.

It also coincides with JFMS’s expansion into new facilities at Grimsby, buoyed it says by the increasing volume of offshore contracts up for grabs including from Triton Knoll, while demonstrating the delivery of new investment into the UK supply chain.

Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and innogy, said:

“I’m delighted that Triton Knoll has been able to bring James Fisher on board at what is such an exciting time for the industry, and a time of growth for the company as it expands into new facilities here in Grimsby. This latest contract award, coming at the time it does, demonstrates the genuine commitment of the offshore industry to deliver even greater investment into coastal communities and businesses, where jobs and economic regeneration are most needed.”

The Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm site is located more than 32 kilometres (km) off the Lincolnshire coast and consists of an offshore construction site of over 145 km2 - bigger than the city of Manchester. JFMS’s role will be to investigate and clear locations, where earlier site surveys have identified potential obstructions to construction such as unexploded ordnance (UXO) and boulders.

The works will utilise a number of vessels and expert crews in parallel with a number of east coast ports including Grimsby likely to be involved. The contract is critical to the safe and efficient installation of the 90 turbines, two  offshore substations and miles of inter-array and export cables that make up the 857 megawatt (MW) wind farm, the largest in the innogy portfolio. 

Fergus Graham, executive director at James Fisher, said:

“We are delighted to support innogy with these essential offshore construction services at Triton Knoll, and proud to be part of this major wind farm infrastructure investment.

“Both our latest expansion in Grimsby and the award from Triton Knoll represent James Fisher’s commitment to the renewables industry, to forging valuable long term partnerships, and constantly building our capability to support our customers. Part of this commitment is investing in local infrastructure and adding value to the coastal communities that support the UK in realising its green growth ambitions.”

Triton Knoll will consist of 90 MHI Vestas turbines, each with a maximum installed capacity of 9.5 MW. innogy is managing the construction of the offshore giant on behalf of its three-way partnership with J-Power and Kansai Electric Power.