DEME Offshore is making good progress installing pin piles on the Moray East offshore windfarm in the UK
Having started offshore construction work with the jack-up installation vessel Apollo in May 2019, piling activity has passed the halfway mark, with more than 156 pin piles out of 309 installed.
The piles are part of the jacket-based foundations on which the turbines will later be installed.
A high degree of positional accuracy has been achieved using DEME Offshore’s piling template, which integrates with the jack-up legs of Apollo.
Subject to the weather and operational conditions, DEME Offshore hopes to complete the remaining piling operations by the end of 2019, in readiness for jacket installation works in 2020.
A final investment decision for Moray East was reached in December 2018. At that time contracts for the installation work were confirmed.
MHI Vestas will supply 100 V164-9.5 MW turbines for the project, the company’s largest deal in MW terms to-date.
Royal Boskalis Westminster secured the contract to supply and install the inter-array cables for Moray East having signed a preferred bidder agreement in 2017. The project scope includes the design, supply, installation and burial, termination and testing of 102 66-kV inter-array cables.