Port of Nigg selected as construction hub for Seagreen

In: Windfarms
10/02/2021
SSE Renewables and Total have announced that Global Energy Group’s (GEG) Port of Nigg, near Inverness, Scotland, has been selected as the marshalling, storage and logistics base for the 114 Seagreen wind turbine foundation structures.

The
Seagreen offshore wind farm is a 1,075 MW project, located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. It will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland. Phase One is expected to provide low carbon energy for more than one million homes.

In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK government. SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the first 1,140 MW phase, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23. The project will feature 114 MHI Vestas
V164-10 MW turbines.

The Port of Nigg was previously selected by SSE Renewables for marshalling activities during its construction of the 588 MW Beatrice offshore wind farm, currently Scotland’s largest offshore renewable generation site.

Seagreen’s foundation and inter-array cable Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contractor, Seaway 7, on behalf of development partners SSE Renewables and Total, has appointed Scotland-based Global Energy Group to run marshalling and logistics out of GEG’s Port of Nigg.

Foundation installation at Seagreen is expected to commence in the second half of 2021, and to last for a period of 12 months. The marshalling and logistics activity will see the delivery of Seagreen’s 114 foundation structures to the Highlands port via Heavy Transport Vessels (HTVs), prior to shipping out to the North Sea for installation. After jacket foundations are installed, Vestas V164-10 MW turbines will be positioned on each of the 114 bases.

SSE Renewables, which owns 49% of Seagreen, is leading on the development and construction of the joint venture project, supported by Total which owns 51%. SSE Renewables will operate Seagreen on completion. First power is expected by early 2022, with the offshore wind farm expected to enter commercial operation in 2022/23.


Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for Scotland and puts Scottish offshore wind to the fore of the country’s green economic recovery. This major construction contract at Port of Nigg for Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm will create 48 new local jobs out of a total 141 roles that will be required to support this important delivery phase of what will become Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm when complete.

“Since the start of 2020 SSE Renewables has begun construction on three crucial offshore and onshore wind projects here in Scotland with a combined investment total of around £3.5 billion; including Seagreen, our joint venture with Total. Once operational these Scottish projects will provide clean power for more than half the homes in Scotland. And importantly, these low carbon projects are powering a green, economic recovery right now through their support of more than 1,000 high value green jobs in Scotland, including direct, contractor and supply chain roles.”


Tim Cornelius, CEO of Global Energy Group, commented: “The heavy load bearing capacity and deep-water quayside together with the facility’s strategic location and onsite, experienced, support services make the Port of Nigg the ideal choice for the execution of projects of this scale. We are delighted to be supporting Seaway 7 on the Seagreen Project on behalf of SSE Renewables and Total and look forward to welcoming the foundation structures to our facility.”


Steph McNeill, Executive Vice President – Renewables at Seaway 7, said: “We are looking forward to continuing our successful, collaborative relationship with SSE Renewables, Total and Global Energy Group as we help construct Seagreen. We have been active in the UK renewables sector for over a decade and are very pleased to continue to support the ongoing energy transition in the UK, bringing our offshore wind expertise to the largest offshore wind project in Scotland.”


In December, SSE Renewables announced that up to 30 new jobs would be created on the construction, currently underway, of the operations base for the wind farm at Montrose Port.

Once the offshore wind farm is commissioned, the Seagreen Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base in Montrose will be home to up to 120 full-time operational roles including up to 60 Vestas personnel working to maintain the wind farm’s turbines both from the O&M base and on offshore service operations vessels.


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