MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore windpower project, which will developed under a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between Innogy Renewables UK (innogy) and Statkraft.

As part of the new arrangement, MHI Vestas is expected to provide 90 of its 9.5MW turbines for installation on the farm, which is planned to be developed around 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, UK.

The Triton Knoll offshore farm is estimated to produce energy for the equivalent of around 800,000 homes. A financial investment decision for the project is likely to be in place by next year, with full onshore construction being planned to begin shortly after and offshore construction starting in 2020.

Commissioning is expected to begin by 2021.

"Full onshore construction [is] being planned to begin shortly after and offshore construction starting in 2020."

Triton Knoll project director James Cotter said: “We achieved a successful result at the contract for difference (CfD) auction, thanks to a business case that was designed through collaboration with the supply chain and that puts cost reduction, low-cost generation, and UK content at the forefront of our project.

“MHI Vestas is absolutely central to 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 windfarm.”

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In addition, Triton Knoll will work together with MHI Vestas to formulate an industrialisation plan that will safeguard or create 800 UK jobs and investments of more than £200m.

Image: A wind turbine. Photo: courtesy of Triton Knoll Offshore Windfarm.