NKT connects Moray East to the grid

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 11/11/2021 NKT

NKT has commissioned three 220 kV HVAC power cable systems for the
Moray East offshore wind farm, Scotland. NKT’s activities were carried out on schedule and within the budget, despite adverse North Sea weather conditions and various challenges attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The operational success was ensured by an efficient collaboration of all parties involved, showing strong commitment to HSE and time aspects with challenges posed by both COVID-19 restrictions and the harsh autumn weather. Once again, we demonstrated our flexibility and the value of our project experience ensuring a timely and qualitative installation in challenging conditions,”
said Claes Westerlind, Executive Vice President at NKT.

The 950 MW wind farm, located 22 km from the north-east Scottish coast, features 100 turbines, which have all been installed. It is expected to enter commercial operations early next year (2022).

Once commissioned, the Moray East Wind Farm will produce sufficient power for 950,000 Scottish households, reducing the annual CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tonnes compared to gas-fired power plants.

The power cables were manufactured at NKT’s Karlskrona facility in Sweden, which runs on 100% green electricity.  The submarine power cable systems were
installed using NKT Victoria, one of the industry’s most energy efficient cable-laying vessels.

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