Triton Knoll’s first “Meet The Buyer” event was an opportunity for Lincolnshire businesses to learn about opportunities that will arise from the offshore wind farm project and the contractors working on it.
Hosted at Boston College, the event, organised by Lincolnshire Growth Hub, focused on the innogy-owned project’s electrical system and the installation of the underground cable and substation construction which present some significant opportunities for local companies.
Alongside Triton Knoll project director Julian Garnsey, Lincolnshire County Council Cllr Mark Storer opened the event. When fully operational 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.
Garnsey said over 100 new businesses have been added to the project’s Supplier database as a result of the vent and those companies will now be receiving regular information and updates on opportunities emerging within the project.
“This was an excellent first event which clearly demonstrates the willingness of both Triton Knoll and our key suppliers to put local suppliers at the forefront of opportunities with the project,” noted Garnsey. “It was a very well organised event by the Lincolnshire Growth Hub, and we were really encouraged by the level of interest from the local supply chain and the level of enthusiasm and interest from them to engage with the project.”
1-2-1 interviews with suppliers were carried out by Procurement leads from Triton Knoll and its primary contractors including Siemens Transmission and Distribution Limited (STDL). Jane Duckworth, Senior Project Procurement Manager for STDL, said: “We’ve been contacted by lots of suppliers since the event at the college, all with positive feedback and showing a real interest in the project.
“It was a really worthwhile venture and I was impressed with the engagement from everyone involved on the day.”
J Murphy & Sons Ltd, responsible for the onshore cable, was also at the event speaking with potential suppliers. “It was a very encouraging event and we are now exploring a number of leads with local companies to support the onshore works at Triton Knoll,” said J Murphy & Sons Ltd’s senior subcontract buyer Lukasz Olszewski. “We are looking forward to engaging more with local suppliers in the future.”
More regional supplier events are expected alongside ongoing updates online and through e-newsletters to help firms stay up to speed with opportunities both on and offshore.