Nexans secures Moray West work

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/12/2021 Nexans
Nexans has won a turnkey contract of with Ocean Winds to design, manufacture, install and protect the 220kV subsea and onshore export cable system for the Moray West offshore wind farm project. Nexans’ export cabling solution will connect the project’s substation to the national grid electricity transmission system at Blackhillock, Keith.

The cable system consists of Nexans’ High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cabling which will connect the wind turbines to two offshore substation platforms (OSPs). The 220kV cabling, including 170km of land cables and 100km of subsea cables, will be installed from each offshore substation platform along the full route to the project specific onshore substation. The cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ plants in Halden and Rognan, Norway, Charleston, USA and Charleroi, Belgium and installed by the Nexans Skagerrak. The onshore part of the project will be  overseen and delivered by Nexans’ expert personnel based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This partnership strengthens Nexans' position in the region as a key player in the energy transition. Nexans has already delivered export cable infrastructure on the adjacent Beatrice offshore windfarm and is currently delivering the export cable system for Seagreen offshore wind farm project, and is as well the cable supplier for the onshore Viking Wind Farm project.

“The UK has significant ambitions to develop the offshore wind market and this contract is another example of how Nexans can contribute its extensive experience and expertise to the renewable energy sector. We look forward to supporting this significant offshore windfarm project and helping Scotland and the broader UK to achieve its net zero ambitions," said Ragnhild Katteland Executive Vice President Subsea & Land Systems Of Nexans.

"The decision to select Nexans was made after an extensive procurement process. Nexans have a strong track record and we are delighted to work with them on the next Ocean Winds project, Moray West. Nexans will deliver more world class high voltage cable for Moray West to ensure the project can reliably export green electricity to consumers across the UK. While Nexans have experience of utilising local contractors, the Moray West project team are working with Nexans to maximize the potential for the regional supply chain to secure sub-contracts, primarily supporting the onshore construction, including through Meet the Buyer events," commented Adam Morrison Project Director For Moray West.

Moray West has planning consent and grid connection, and awaits the award of a Contract for Difference (CfD) for which it is preparing to compete at the next auction, set by the UK Government, to allow the project to proceed to construction. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2024, with a lifespan of 25 years. It will consist of up to 85 wind turbines, two offshore substation platforms and offshore 65 km export cables.

It is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm (West) Limited, owned by Ocean Winds (95% stake) and Ignitis Grupe (5% stake). It is expected to enter the next CfD auction, which the UK government has confirmed will be run in 2022.

The development of Moray West follows on from the delivery of the adjacent
Moray East offshore wind farm, which features 100 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and three offshore substations. The 950 MW project is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East Ltd and secured a Contract for Difference of £57.50/MWh from the UK government in 2017 and is due to start generating power in 2021. All turbines are in place at the project is expected to be fully operational in 2022.

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