All foundations in place at Moray East

In: Windfarms
29/12/2020
DEME Offshore has installed the 103rd and final jacket foundation for the 950 MW Moray East offshore wind farm. The next stage – turbine installation – will occur in the new year.

A consortium of DEME and Smulders was contracted to supply and install 103 jackets and their piles for the project. This translates to 100 jackets for turbines and three for offshore substation platforms. Smulders manufactured 55 of the jackets for turbines.

All completed jackets were shipped to Global Energy’s facility at the Port of Nigg, to be prepared for installation on site in the Moray Firth by the Seajacks vessel Scylla.

Moray East’s Project Director, Marcel Sunier, said: “Today’s achievement is remarkable given the challenges of Covid-19, winter weather and knock on impacts to the global supply chain and travel. Despite that, the last jacket structures were assembled at Newcastle and barged to Nigg last week. With the focus and dedication of all involved the team were able to install the 103rd and final jacket safely.

“There are many people involved in delivering this milestone. I would like to thank all of those who have made this possible including the ca.500 staff at Smulders yard in Newcastle and the team at Global Energy’s facility at Nigg.

"We now look forward to 2021, the Wind Turbine Pre-Assembly in the Cromarty Firth and their subsequent safe installation at sea and energisation of the entire infrastructure allowing the export of clean and affordable electricity, doing our part to contribute to a sustainable future."

Moray East is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East Ltd (MOWEL), a joint venture company owned by Diamond Green Limited (33.4%), EDPR (33.3 %), ENGIE (23.3%) and CTG (10%). It will feature 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and three offshore substations which are to be installed around 22km from the coast in the Moray Firth, Scotland.

The project secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK Government in 2017, and is due to start generating power in 2021. Construction on the project started in Winter 2018, with commencement of the onshore works and the wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2022.


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