Moray East Offshore Windfarm announced that the company has successfully installed its first of 100 9.5MW turbines in the Moray Firth.
Moray East’s WTG Package Manager, Ewan Watson said:
“A turbine is the most iconic representation of the new offshore wind industry, and I am delighted to issue images of Moray East’s first turbine, a proudly towering 200m representation of engineering success against some of the most challenging circumstances the world has known.“
In December 2020, Moray East announced the completion of jacket installation – with 100 three-legged steel foundations installed on the sea-bed. Turbine components have been arriving in the Moray Firth, where they have been stored and preserved onshore. Pre-assembly work is being undertaken at Global Energy’s facility at Nigg in Scotland. Turbines components are loaded onto an installation vessel and taken to site; the offshore installation, comprising of 5 lifts, will be completed by MHI Vestas and Fred Olsen.
Moray East’s Head of Construction, Enrique Alvarez Cordobes said,
“This has demanded precision engineering with massive components, requiring excellent co-operation and co-ordination between a range of companies both on land and at sea, and I would like to offer my thanks and congratulations to all those who have made this most distinctive and visible milestone possible.“
Moray East’s Project Director, Marcel Sunier said:
“Moray East is the country’s largest infrastructure project, and a massive amount of effort – represented by tonnes of steel and kilometres of cable – much of this below ground or sea – have been required to get us to this point.
“I am delighted to be able to announce one of the project’s most visible and distinctive milestones – the safe and successful installation of our first wind turbine. This is a truly amazing team effort considering the circumstances under which the teams had to work to achieve that important milestone. The resilience and good co-operation was one of the key factors in achieving this. I am looking forward to see the remaining 99 wind turbines being installed safely and successfully during the forthcoming months and wish to thank all those involved in making this happen.”
- Capacity: 950MW
- Location: UK, Moray Firth, closest point to shore, 22km from shore.
- Turbines: 100 V164 – 9.5MW
- Power for average requirements of ca. 950, 000 UK homes
- Moray East will generate sufficient electricity to save 1.4 million tonnes CO₂ equivalent annually (assuming displacement of gas generation)
- Power will be generated at £57.50/MWhr, the lowest cost of any new renewable generation and 2/3 less than offshore windfarms in operation around the UK today (typically upward of £140/MWhr)
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Image Credit: Moray East Offshore Windfarm