and geotechnical engineering consultancy Cathie has been contracted by
Saipem to interpret geotechnical conditions encountered at the Neart
offshore wind farm, off the coast of Fife, UK.
Cathie also supported the characterization and interpretation of the geophysical
and geotechnical data, and the drafting of Geotechnical Interpretative
Report alongside providing specialist support in the certification of the
proposed foundation design methods.
Cathie has been involved in the NnG wind farm since 2011, supporting the
initial stages of development. Over approximately 8 years, the company
has provided geophysical and geotechnical survey consultancy, seabed risk
management, and ground modelling.
Victor Terente, UK Engineering Manager at Cathie said: “We’re glad
to be a part of the NnG offshore wind farm, providing dedicated support
not only during the initial investigation stages but also during the wind
farm foundation design process. We are confident that our geotechnical
assistance will help achieving the certification of the proposed geotechnical
design of the piles.”
Gareth Ellery, Business Development Director, added: “The Cathie team
have leveraged every kW from over 40GW of global offshore wind experience
to secure project value and positive outcomes for the NnG wind farm. Long
term project involvement such as this is great for us and great for our
clients. It is very satisfying to be able to see this project through detailed
design and beyond into construction.”
When fully operational, Neart
is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of
the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000
tons of CO2 annually. It was awarded a CfD by LCCC in February 2015, with
a strike price of £114.39/MWh. Developer EDF Energy is in the process prepping
the project for construction, with work expected to start on the project
in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023.
Once fully operational,
it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all
of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace
400,000 tons of CO2 annually.
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