The delivery of what will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm took another major step forward today as the first jacket superstructures, destined for the 1.1GW Seagreen project arrived at Port of Nigg in Cromarty Firth, ahead of their upcoming installation in the deep waters of the North Sea, 27km off the Scottish coast near Angus.
The jacket components, which are to be installed as part of the foundations for the giant 1.1GW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, were welcomed to Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg by representatives of project owners TotalEnergies and Scottish renewable energy developer SSE Renewables, along with main contractor Seaway 7.
The delivery kickstarts the upcoming campaign to install all 114 wind turbine foundations at the offshore project site off the Angus coast, beginning in October. After jacket foundations are installed, Vestas V164-10 MW turbines will be positioned on each of the turbine bases.
The foundation installation campaign will last for a period of around 12 months and is supporting up to 141 skilled jobs at Port of Nigg associated with the marshalling, storage, and logistics for the foundation components.
The jobs include work for 93 permanent roles already on-site as well as an additional 48 new roles which have been created at the port to support the Seagreen project, delivering a green jobs boost to the Scottish Highlands.
SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the joint venture project, supported by TotalEnergies, and will operate Seagreen on completion. When complete in 2023, the 1.1GW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm will be Scotland’s largest, and the world’s deepest, fixed-bottom offshore wind farm.
Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects at SSE Renewables said: “This is a landmark occasion and a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to not only the progress that the Seagreen project is making but also the benefits that Scotland’s largest wind farm is bringing to Scotland’s economy and supply chain.
“At SSE Renewables we’re proud to be leading the construction of Seagreen and the benefits it is bringing to Scotland. The jobs boost at Port of Nigg associated with the installation of Seagreen’s foundations is great for the local area and the Highlands as a whole and builds on our excellent track record at SSE Renewables of supply chain support in Scotland.”