DEME Offshore has installed two of the three offshore substation platforms for the Moray East offshore windfarm in the Moray Firth in Scotland
The company said it is also making good progress with installing jacket foundations for the turbines for the project, with 20 now installed.
Prior to installation, the offshore substation platforms were transported from the Engie yard in Hoboken, Belgium to the Port of Nigg in Scotland.
Under the management of DEME Offshore, which is the EPCI contractor for the project, the first topside was installed by offshore installation vessel Seajacks Scylla in early August. The second topside has now also been successfully installed.
DEME Offshore business unit director Jan Klaassen said, “We are combining the design, construction and installation of the offshore substation foundations and wind turbine foundations. This is clearly a workable solution for the industry, especially in an EPCI contract format.
“Both foundation types were designed in a similar way and fabricated by the same companies so that we could optimise synergies such as design teams, fabrication set-up, transport and installation tools. It all worked out as planned and has resulted in significant cost and schedule benefits for the customer.”
Seajacks’ offshore installation vessel Seajacks Scylla was contracted for the jacket foundation installation work at the 950-MW windfarm after the vessel originally contracted for the project, DEME’s new installation vessel Orion 1, was delayed.
In May 2019, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind awarded a contract to transport and install 100 V164-9.5MW wind turbines for Moray East to Fred Olsen Windcarrier.
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