UXO risk management advice for Triton Knoll

Lee Gooderham Lee Gooderham: “This is an extremely complex project as the area we are investigating is a site bigger than the city of Manchester2. Credit: Ordtek

Ordtek has been contracted to provide specialist unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk management advice ahead of the construction of innogy’s Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.

Having previously worked with innogy to provide UXO risk management for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm to the south of Triton Knoll, Ordtek will now apply its expertise to the site of the 857MW wind farm, to be built 32km off the coast of Lincolnshire.

To date, Norfolk-based Ordtek has provided desk-based research including studying the military history of the area for naval conflicts, aerial bombing and munition dumping sites. It has also completed a geophysical data interpretation of the 145km2 sea bed area to identify the targets which have the greatest probability of being UXO, such as unexploded bombs, mines and munitions. These targets will be investigated and cleared by UK-based James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), with Ordtek continuing to provide expert consultancy services throughout.

Challenging expanse

Lee Gooderham, director at Ordtek, said: “This is an extremely complex project as the area we are investigating is a site bigger than the city of Manchester2. Together with Triton Knoll we are using the latest techniques and expertise to identify any obstructions on the seabed which have the potential to be wartime UXO and allow the construction to be planned to avoid or mitigate these threats.”

Triton Knoll will consist of 90 of the world’s most powerful turbines, two substations and over 100km cabling.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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