Neart na Gaoithe to resume construction

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 19/05/2020 Neart na Gaoithe
Construction of the Neart na Gaoithe is expected to resume shortly. Installation works paused in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.According to the latest Scottish Government guidance on infrastructure projects in the energy sector, Neart na Gaoithe may resume construction from this week at the earliest.

Matthias Haag, NnG Project Director, stated: "Health and safety is at the forefront of what we do and I want to assure you that, as well as strictly following the Scottish Government guidance, and in particular physical distancing, all workers have been instructed to travel directly to the sites and avoid using any local amenities unless absolutely necessary.

"Initially, we will only have a few people on site to put in place control measures so the rest of the team can start work safely later that week. Once that’s happened we will have a reduced workforce on site, including essential supervisory staff.

"The arrangements we have put in place will be under regular review as we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and follow the Scottish Government’s guidance."

Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm is located 12 miles off the coast of Fife in Scotland and 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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