Port of Nigg has been selected by DEME Offshore as a staging port for the Moray East offshore windfarm development and is set to receive a £10-12M contract
Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg has been selected by DEME Offshore as a staging port for the Moray East offshore windfarm development and is set to receive a £10-£12M (US$13-$15M) contract.
Port of Nigg has been earmarked to receive completed jacket structures that will be installed in the Moray Firth as foundations for the wind turbines.
Moray East project director Marcel Sunier said, “Selection of Nigg as the staging port for the jackets comes after extensive engagement with the local supply chain and capitalises on the strengths of a history of offshore engineering.
“Using Nigg for jackets complements our previous announcement of the Port of Cromarty Firth as an intermediate port for turbines. The installation of subsea substructures from Nigg combined with the installation of turbines from Invergordon has enabled us to establish an onshore cluster to deliver the offshore works.”
Global Energy said it believed the deal reflected that an £90M (US$114M) investment programme it has made at Nigg since taking over the site in October 2011 is starting to pay off.
£50M (US$63M) has been spent on port infrastructure including the new south quay and £40M (US$51M) on heavy plant and equipment such as cranes and low loaders, to handle the large offshore wind structures and increase capacity for oil and gas logistics and load out work.
Global also recently announced a further planned £10-£15M (US$13-$19M) investment, to expand quayside availability and adjacent yard space.
Global chairman Roy MacGregor said, “This award is a culmination of a lot of hard work from our people and I would like to thank them and DEME Offshore for their confidence and support in awarding us this contract.
“Global now have great experience in this work and this will further establish the Port of Nigg’s position as an important staging port supporting the offshore wind industry.”
DEME Offshore was awarded a contract for procuring and installing the jacket-type foundations for the project and will use its new vessel Orion to undertake the work.