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New SOV for Montrose Port

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 31/03/2023 Sea Green Wind Energy

Montrose Port, which houses Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm's Operations and Maintenance base, has received a new SOV, the Edda Brint. The 82-meter-long vessel has been specially designed and built to order for offshore wind operations at Seagreen and can accommodate up to 60 personnel. It features a motion-compensated gangway system and has been prepared for future zero-emission operations due to its hybrid hydrogen power capability.

The vessel, which was built in 2022, will visit Montrose Port every two weeks throughout the 15 year contract, helping to support safer and more efficient operations. The SOV includes a hospital/sick bay, gym, day room, and game room, and is produced by Norwegian offshore wind service vessel company Edda Wind. It secured a 15-year contract with Vestas to perform operation and maintenance work for Seagreen, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm. The SOV is expected to start operations at the Seagreen wind farm, located 27km off the Angus Coast, in the coming weeks. Its innovative design and capabilities are expected to set a new standard in the offshore wind market.

Robert Bryce, Director of Asset Management Offshore for SSE Renewables, says: “The arrival of Edda Brint to Montrose Port marks another milestone in the Seagreen project. The vessel will serve as the mother vessel for Seagreen for the next fifteen years, its primary role will be to operate as a platform from which technicians can perform operational and maintenance of Seagreen’s offshore wind turbines.
At SSE Renewables we care about our supply chain and are always looking at ways we can reduce carbon emissions and promote green energy. The Edda Brint, in a few years, will have the potential of supporting the maintenance of Seagreen without generating carbon emissions. It is the future of SOVs.”

The Seagreen Wind Farm is a joint venture project between SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies. When complete, the wind farm will consist of 114 Vestas V164-10.0 MW turbines and will be capable of generating around 5,000 GWh of renewable energy annually, which is enough sustainable electricity to power more than 1.6m UK homes.


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