Final components for Moray East depart Port of Nigg


The final components for the
Moray East offshore wind farm have departed Global Energy Group's facilities at the Port of Nigg. The Fred. Olsen installation vessel Blue Tern left the Port of Nigg on Friday 10th September, destined for final installation in the field as the remaining found wind turbines were loaded out.

The WTGs were installed on the jacket foundations which were handled by Global Energy, under a separate Storage & Marshalling contract with DEME Offshore, at their Port of Nigg facility the previous year.


Global Energy Group’s wind logistics division, Global Port Services, supported the Pre-Assembly works based at the Port of Nigg, including the receipt and discharge of wind components from Denmark, the pre-assembly and storage of the wind turbine generator components on site and load out of components to the construction Jack Up Vessel (JUV). Global Port Services also provided all site based support services involving site preparation and enabling works to facilitate the pre-assembly work. This included the provision of heavy lift mobile and crawler cranes, the hire of self-propelled modular trailers (SPMT), heavy transport, plant hire and equipment, stevedoring & specialist labour supply as well as supporting project management and liaison between all sub-contractors and stakeholders.

Roy MacGregor, Chairman of Global Energy Group, commented: “We are delighted to have completed the load out of the final components for the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm. A great accolade for the Port of Nigg and the wider Global Energy Group, having also completed the Storage & Marshalling of the jacket structures for the project. I want to thank the entire team for the seamless execution during what was one of the most challenging times we have seen in our business with the global pandemic and the concerns this brought in delivering a project of this scale.”

Moray East Project Director Enrique Alvarez said: “The offshore wind industry is a global enterprise, depending on a world-wide supply chain. Global Energy’s facility at the Port of Nigg served as Moray East’s hub of that supply chain, through which every component – jackets, every blade, tower and nacelle was unloaded, marshalled, readied for installation, then loaded onto a jack-up vessel for transport to its final destination on site in the Moray Firth.


“The co-ordination and choreography necessary to deliver a massive project like Moray East is no small undertaking, and I am delighted that we have safely reached this important milestone, despite the unprecedented conditions of the Covid Pandemic. This success demonstrates that Scottish supply chain and the sponsors involved in Moray East are ready to put Scotland at the centre of the offshore wind industry. I would like to thank all whose commitment has enabled us to reach this point in advance of schedule.”


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 started 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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