Vissim to supply marine optimisation system to Moray West

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 23/11/2022 Vissim AS

Moray Offshore Windfarm (West) Limited has contracted Norwegian technology company Vissim AS to deliver a system designed to optimise marine operations at the
Moray West offshore wind farm.

Under the contract, Vissim will provide its marine optimisation and planning software for offshore wind farms. The solution includes, among other things, certification and induction management; permit to work, vessel and personnel tracking within Vissim’s real-time decision support framework, including working weather windows and warning management options – delivered on Ocean Winds cloud infrastructure.

“Marine optimisation systems enable windfarm developers to minimise construction and operating risk, and to lower costs and environmental footprint. They do this by supporting optimal use of personnel, vessels and other assets - taking external factors such as weather and wave height into account. Vissim systems have been designed to improve safety and cost-efficiency of all marine operations,” said Nicholas Dent, Managing Director – Global Wind, at Vissim.


“As a developer we are constantly looking for ways to minimise project execution risk and to make our operations more cost-efficient. Our experience with Vissim’s marine optimisation system at Moray East demonstrated that it can be a valuable enabler for planning and carrying out safe and efficient marine operations. The result is reduced HSE risk, lower costs and lower environmental footprint. This of course benefits us as a developer - but it also benefits our teams, our contractors, and society as a whole,”
said Magnus Currie, Ocean Winds’ Construction Services Package Manager.


The Moray West offshore wind farm is being developed by Ocean Winds, a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE, was awarded a 15 year CfD for the delivery of 294 MW wind generation at £37.35/MWh (in 2012 prices). The development is located on the East coast of Scotland in the Moray Firth, approximately 22.5km from the Caithness coastline and covers an area of covers 225km2. It will be comprised of 60 wind turbine generators with an installed capacity of 882 MW. The wind farm is expected to make a final investment decision and reach financial close in the coming months while ramping up construction activity to meet planned first power in 2024.


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