All turbines standing at Moray East

Installation of the final turbine at Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, Moray East, has been completed. On 14 September 2021, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Blue Tern installed the last of the 100 Vestas V164-9.5MW turbines.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up  
Bold Tern installed the first turbines on Moray East back in January but was later replaced by Blue Tern to undergo a scheduled crane upgrade. A vessel substitution was carried out in May. Blue Tern was delivered fully loaded on the Moray East site, and the overlap helped to improve the project schedule. The vessel substitution is a good example of how Fred. Olsen Windcarrier helps clients by thinking new.

“Once again, it has been a pleasure to work with the crew from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to install the Moray East project’s 100 V164-9.5MW turbines. The world-class vessels, Bold Tern and Blue Tern, as well as the experienced crew and installation teams have enabled the project to be installed swiftly throughout the project. The delivery of the final turbine at Moray East project is a key milestone for the whole team, particularly amidst the challenges of the past year,”
said Allan Birk Wisby, Project Director, Vestas.

Enrique Alvarez, Project Director Moray East said: “In the face of unprecedented global conditions we have safely completed the installation of 100 turbines within the challenging timescale of a single season, and I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in achieving this milestone safely. Offshore wind technology is developing rapidly, and a collaborative approach throughout the supply chain enabled us to work with vessels and crew at the leading edge of the sector, contributing to our early success."

“It has been a pleasure to be part of this monumental project, and I am so proud seeing the seamless cooperation with our client, Vestas,”
said Simen Tefre, Project Manager, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “This effort includes the people on board both Bold Tern and Blue Tern, as well as those on shore throughout the project. The joint experience, good communication and positive attitude have been key to completing the project well ahead of schedule and with zero LTI’s or medical cases. A big thank you to the whole Fred. Olsen Windcarrier team – both onshore and offshore – to our client Vestas, and to all our other partners involved in making this project such a success.”

Located 22 km off the coast of Scotland, the 950 MW
Moray East project is the first of two wind farms to be developed in the Outer Moray Firth Zone. Development is being led by a joint venture between Diamond Green Limited (33.4%), EDPR (33.3 %), ENGIE (23.3%) and CTG (10%).

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. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2022.

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