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Boskalis celebrates Moray West contract win

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 28/02/2023 Boskalis

Boskalis has secured a multi-disciplinary contract for the
Moray West offshore wind farm. On behalf of its client, Boskalis will carry out a large number of activities for the project in the coming 12 months. 

The contract, valued between €50-150 million, was awarded by Ocean Winds, a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE dedicated to offshore wind energy.

The Moray West offshore wind farm is using extremely large XXL monopiles weighing up to 2,000 tons each. In the coming months, Boskalis will transport a large number of the monopiles from the Far East to discharge at the port of Invergordon, near the project site. These monopiles – eight per voyage – will be transported on the heavy transport vessel White Marlin.

Subsequently, Boskalis will deploy its DP crane vessel Bokalift 2 for the installation campaign. With its 4,000-ton crane the Bokalift 2 will install the monopiles using its new upending hinge and motion-compensated pile gripper. Furthermore, in addition to a very large impact hammer, the company will also deploy a vibro-hammer on this project. As a part of its campaign, Boskalis will also install two substations with their respective transition pieces.

Prior to the installation of the foundations, Boskalis will carry out the seabed preparation activities by installing a layer of rock that will act as a filter and scour protection for the monopiles.

Boskalis has previously carried out offshore geophysical site survey that also included survey for identification of unexploded ordnance at the wind farm.

The 882 MW Moray West offshore wind farmi s located on the East coast of Scotland in the Moray Firth, approximately 22.5 km from the Caithness coastline and covers an area of covers 225 km2. It will be comprised of 60 Siemens Gamesa SG 14-222 DD turbine generators. First power is slated for 2024. The project has 15 year CfD for the delivery of 294 MW wind generation at £37.35/MWh (in 2012 prices). The remaining 588 MW power is financed through a combination of CPPAs and some merchant power.


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