Triton Knoll project well underway as Siemens awards contracts
Siemens Transmission & Distribution Ltd (STDL) has awarded its first major contracts for the UK-based Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.
As the engineering lead, STDL has awarded contracts for the electrical transmission system which will help the facility power the UK’s grid.
UK-based company JGS Engineering and Technical Services will be responsible for carrying out high voltage equipment containers fabrication, while Smulders Fabricom consortium will build two offshore transformer modules (OTMs).
Two OTMs will be installed onto a monopile foundation and connected to a national grid substation.
Mike Grainger, Director of Siemens Grid Access said: “We are delighted to award these first contracts to deliver the transmission system for the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm. All partners are hugely experienced and share a commitment to reducing the overall cost of energy.
“These are the first of a number of contracts which Siemens will award to organisations on the Triton Knoll project while managing the project’s electrical transmission system out of our offices in Manchester.”
The Triton Knoll project is set to have a capacity of 860MW and will be able to power the equivalent of 800,000 UK households with renewable energy.
The project is to involve $2.6bn (£2bn) investment with construction starting late next year, with commissioning to begin in 2021.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.