JBA consulting to support Inch Cape installation

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 12/09/2022 JBA

Inch Cape Offshore Limited has appointed JBA Consulting (JBA) to inform the installation phases of the 1.1GW
Inch Cape wind farm. JBA’s strategic and operation planning software – ForeCoast Marine – is being used to model and further understand the environmental impacts of the project’s installation operations.

ForeCoast Marine will simulate the project’s key asset-component installation phases, including foundations, inter-array cables, offshore substation platforms, export cables and wind turbine generators. Through these simulations, the performance of proposed strategies will be compared quickly and reliably against key metrics such as CAPEX and OPEX, programme and weather technical/logistical downtime. This will enable the project team to optimise its operations with its installation contractors.

Seán Kirwan, Project Manager, Inch Cape Offshore Limited, said: "ForeCoast Marine will allow us to optimise the project’s installation strategies. The simulation software allows multiple strategies to be compared efficiently and will help us de-risk the key operations in a challenging and diverse environment."

Laurie Wilkinson, Operations Manager, JBA, said: "We were delighted to be appointed to the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm and are proud of the contribution we’re making to optimising and de-risking the project design."

The Inch Cape offshore wind farm is located in the North Sea, around 15km off the coast of Angus, Scotland. The site covers an area of approximately 150 km2 and is being developed by Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL), owned by Red Rock Power and ESB. The project is to connect to the onshore grid at the former Cockenzie Coal Power station in East Lothian. In July, the 1080 MW project secured a CfD at a strike Price of £37.35/MWh with delivery set for 2026/27.

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