In October 2014 the Inch Cape project accomplished another important milestone in its development with the installation of an offshore met mast to gather accurate wind resource, wind direction and wind velocity data.
A spokeswoman for Inchcape said: “Once the met mast is fully erected, it will be 114m tall above the lowest astronomical tide.
“The met mast utilises innovative techniques in both its construction and its installation, which measures wind conditions to enable optimal planning and operation of the windfarms.”
The mast has a gravity base foundation, mainly made out of concrete. This foundation type reduces the noise generated by the installation of the steel structures traditionally used and the associated negative impact on the marine fauna, especially on large mammals.
The foundation arrived at Invergordon from Cartagena, Spain, and after three months of work at the UK facility the mast was installed on 11 October. The complete met mast structure was towed from Invergordon to the Inch Cape site, and was installed by filling the base with water, under controlled conditions, until the mast was positioned on the seabed and anchored. Due to its buoyancy, it was towed by smaller ships than those usually used in these types of operations.
A short video is available of the Met Mast Installation