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First Moray East jackets arrive at Nigg

4 May 2020

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The heavy lift vessel Osprey has arrived at the Port of Nigg with eight of what will be 103 jackets in total for DeepWind member EDPR/ENGIE's huge 950MW wind farm. This will mark the beginning of the major construction phase at this offshore wind project in the Moray Firth with two other members, DEME Offshore and Global Energy Group (GEG), working to deliver the jacket installation programme.

DEME Offshore have already preinstalled all the pin piles for the jackets using a subsea template which should allow the installation to proceed at a rapid pace. A number of the pin piles were fabricated at BiFab's yards in Arnish and Methil (another DeepWind member) and transported to the Port of Nigg for installation by DEME Offshore.        

The Port of Nigg was chosen as the foundations staging port for the construction of the 950MW offshore windfarm which will see 100 turbines and 3 offshore substation platforms being installed.

GEG have invested over £50 million into the facilities at the port and are utilising some of their key companies and personnel who have the necessary experience and transferable skills to maximise the opportunities within the renewables marketplace.

GEG Chairman Roy MacGregor commented, “It has always been our desire to make the best use of Nigg Energy Park and I am delighted that DEME Offshore recognised we have the facilities, experience and skills to support them with this extremely exciting project. The Port of Nigg is an ideal staging port for the Moray East Project due to its deep-water access and the high ground bearing strength of its quay and storage areas. Great skill is required to safely manoeuvre the massive structures off the Heavy Lift Vessel and into the storage areas.
Our strategy over the last few years has been in energy transition within a changing and highly competitive marketplace. They have the diverse mix of facilities, people and supply and support companies to meet the requirements of our Clients within the Cromarty Firth and further afield. This project highlights our capabilities are transferable across the multi energy markets which will be critical during this challenging time for our business.”

Marcel Sunier, Project Director Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, commented “I am grateful for all of the work and cooperation which has been undertaken to enable the Moray East project to progress safely in this challenging environment of the global health situation. Energy is one of 13 ‘Critical Sectors’ to the UK economy and Moray East is an essential project, which will provide plentiful low-carbon electricity at a world-leading low price. Moray East is strategically important to the security of the UK’s energy supply. It will help ensure that the UK’s economic recovery is not impeded by lack of access to low-cost, low carbon energy. “

Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore, said: “The safe arrival of these first eight jackets is a significant milestone and just the beginning of what are exciting times in the progress and timeline for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm. We look forward to working with our local and global partners ensuring that this element of the supply chain meets all our aspirations for a safe, successful and timely delivery of the project".

These eight jackets are the starting point of the commencement of the Moray East project at Nigg. Once completed the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development will have 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines supplying up to 950MW of power into the National Grid and is due to be operational by 2022. This multi-million pound contract further showcases Global Energy Group's versatility and strength by using their key Port of Nigg facility backed by group companies GPSS (Shipping/Projects), Caledonian Towage and Global Energy (North Fabrication) to deliver and support this project.