Moray West Offshore Wind Farm's Monopile Installation Set to Start

Credit: Moray West
Credit: Moray West

The Boskalis heavy lift installation vessel, Bokalift 2, arrived in Invergordon port on October 1, ready to start loading the first batch of three monopiles for installation at the Moray West offshore wind farm.  

The first major component installation includes the monopiles for the two offshore substations, the first of which is loaded and ready to be barged from the Tyne to the Cromarty Firth.  

According to a press release issued Tuesday, 26 monopiles have already been marshalled at Invergordon prior to the installation vessel arriving. Monopile installation will now continue as further loads of monopiles are delivered to Invergordon.

Moray West is part of the portfolio being developed by Ocean Winds, a 50/50 joint venture owned by EDPR and ENGIE, dedicated to offshore wind. Located in the Moray Firth in the north east of Scotland, the nearly 900 MW offshore wind farm is currently under construction and set to begin generating power from 2024.

The wind farm will have 60 x 14.7 MW turbines of and a total capacity of 882 MW.

Pete Geddes, Moray West Project Director said: “I am proud that the collective efforts of the Moray West team, working closely and safely with our suppliers are now installing major offshore components.  This is a great milestone on our construction journey and highlights the key role of the ports in Cromarty Firth in enabling our project. The foundations team are busy coordinating inbound batches of monopiles and transition pieces as well as the start of installation, ensuring project programme remains on track for the installation of the offshore substations and completing the transmission infrastructure.”

The wind farm reached financial close in April 2023.  The project secured a Contract for Difference for 294MW in Allocation Round 4.  The project is the first AR4 project to reach financial close and start construction.

As well as the CfD, the project has secured, through ENGIE, a corporate power purchase agreement with Google for the equivalent of 100MW of capacity.

First power from the project is expected in 2024.

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