Global Energy secures foundation infrastructure contract for Moray West

Developers of the
Moray West Offshore Wind Farm have signed a contract for complex elements of foundation structure with Global Energy Group (GEG). The multi million pound contract is for the supply of the two J-tube frames that will be attached to the two foundations holding the offshore substation platforms (OSPs).

The frames are approximately 37 metres in length and 11 metres in diameter and support the steel tubes that will protect the cables coming into the OSPs from the wind turbines as well as the cable exporting the power to shore. The cables are buried in the seabed around the OSPs.

Global Energy Group will fabricate the J-tubes at the quayside fabrication facilities at its Port of Nigg facility situated in the Cromarty Firth, supporting 50 jobs locally.

Ocean Winds and GEG previously signed contracts for the Moray East offshore wind farm concerning the marshalling and pre-assembly of the foundations and wind turbine components. Moray West has also previously announced that the Port of Nigg will be used by Siemens Gamesa for marshalling and pre-assembly of the wind turbines in 2024.

Adam Morrison, Country Manager for UK for Ocean Winds, said: “In the challenging global supply chain context that we find ourselves we are pleased we have concluded this contract with GEG for local fabrication of these key, technically difficult, foundations structures. We look forward to working with GEG on the delivery and their continuing work around the regional skills transition, enabled by projects such as Moray West.”

Iain Sinclair, Executive Director at Global Energy Group, said: “As we develop and grow our offshore wind supply chain value proposition, GEG can leverage existing core competencies such as the fabrication of critical components to accelerate the transition of knowledge and skills. We are delighted to be working with OW and the Moray West team and this project award gives confidence to invest for future growth at the Port of Nigg."

Back in July 2022 the Moray West offshore wind farm reached a major project milestone having been offered a Contract for Difference (CfD) as part of the UK Government’s latest CfD Allocation Round. The project, which is being developed by Ocean Winds, a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, was awarded a 15 year CfD for the delivery of 294 MW wind generation at £37.35/MWh (in 2012 prices).

The development is located on the East coast of Scotland in the Moray firth, approximately 22.5km from the Caithness coastline and covers an area of covers 225km2. It will be comprised of 60 wind turbine generators with an installed capacity of 882 MW.

Following the CfD award, the wind farm is expected to make a final investment decision and reach financial close in the coming months while ramping up construction activity to meet planned first power in 2024.

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