Neart na Gaoithe highlights O&M opportunities

In: Windfarms
Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Farm, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, is hosting a virtual event next Wednesday (18th November) to showcase how the local supply chain can support the build of its Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base at Eyemouth Harbour.

The one hour session, ‘Building NnG’s O&M Base’, will focus on the opportunities available to local businesses who can support NnG with the development of a three storey main building and a two storey storage warehouse.

Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) planning committee recently approved plans jointly submitted by Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Limited and Eyemouth Harbour Trust for an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) building for the offshore wind farm in Eyemouth.

A tender process is currently under way to identify suitable contractors to deliver the design and build of both the O&M building and the adjacent pontoon and marine works.

The investment in Eyemouth will bring an economic boost to the area providing up to 50 permanent jobs over the 25-year lifespan of the project. Additional benefits would see training, retraining and apprenticeship opportunities available to the residents of Eyemouth and the surrounding area.

Matthias Haag, NnG Project Director, said: “Construction of NnG is now well under way, both onshore and offshore, and this virtual event is about creating opportunities for local businesses and making them visible to the main contractors building the O&M base in Eyemouth."

“We will need a wide range of skills and suppliers to build our O&M base and as part of our commitment to long term relationships with the local businesses we want to help the supply chain understand the tendering process."

Onshore construction continues for NnG at various locations along the cable route which runs underground from Thorntonloch beach and up into the Lammermuir Hills. Offshore work started in August with seabed preparations carried out in advance of the foundations being installed.

The 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe is owned by EDF Renewables and ESB. Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and to 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. The first commercial supply of electricity is expected by 2023.

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