Export cable works begin for Moray East

In: Windfarms

Export cable operations are underway at the
Moray East offshore wind farm, in the Moray Firth, off the Scottish coast. Boulder picking operations have begun on the export cable route and within the wind farm site, using Olympic Triton. Cable laying and trenching operations are to begin shortly. Vessel NKT Victoria will be laying the subsea power cables; three export cables between the Moray East offshore wind farm site and the cable landfall via three separate drilled Horizontal Directional Drilling ducts near Boyndie Bay. The Havila Phoenix will be undertaking operations to bury these three subsea power cables below the seabed, via remotely operated trenching vehicles.

Cable laying is expected to be complete by October 2020. Cable trenching is expected to be ongoing until early November but will be followed by a separate campaign to install remedial protection over the cables on any remaining unburied/unprotected sections.

The 950 MW
Moray East project 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. It is expected to be fully operational in 2022.

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