innogy has turned to a well-known provider of service operation vessels to support the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm's construction and is taking construction management offshore.
The service operation vessel (SOV) Esvagt Froude has been contracted during the windfarm's construction, which will use 90 MHI Vestas turbines. The deal covers a period between 2020 and the end of 2021.
Triton Knoll project director at innogy Julian Garnsey said, “Triton Knoll will be built around 30 km off the coast of the UK and highlights the challenge of installing larger turbines, further offshore and in deeper waters. This has prompted a decision by innogy to place its construction management team offshore.
“Traditionally, our offshore construction was co-ordinated from an onshore base, but as windfarms get bigger and further from shore, we needed to do more to cut down on transit times and improve our ability to respond quickly. Esvagt Froude provides a fully integrated onsite solution for offshore construction and so is far more cost-effective, helping to drive down the costs,” Mr Garnsey said.
When Esvagt Froude was built in 2015, it was one of the world’s first SOVs. The vessel has worked on the Baltic 2 offshore windfarm on behalf of Siemens since it entered service.
Esvagt will have a significant presence after constructing Triton Knoll. In September 2018, MHI Vestas and Esvagt entered into a long-term contract to support operations and maintenance on the windfarm, and Esvagt is building an SOV for that purpose.