A NEW Scots wind farm has achieved a significant milestone in its building as the primary of two offshore electrical energy substations has been put in on web site.
Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm is beneath building 15km off the coast of Fife, and is because of have 54 wind generators put in in 2023.
This newest milestone implies that NnG can now be absolutely linked to the Nationwide Grid forward of the set up of those generators.
Oilfield specialist firm Saipem used the most important offshore wind set up vessel on the earth, the Heerema Sleipnir, to position the 1,100 tonne topside onto one of many two basis jackets.
The seabed helps for the jackets had been ready final 12 months by the Saipem 7000 and Saipem 3000 building vessels in a water depth of roughly 50 metres, to anchor the offshore substation to the seabed.
As soon as put in, the facility generated by the offshore wind farm’s generators shall be exported by way of NnG’s two offshore substations to its onshore substation the place the vitality will entry the Nationwide Grid’s entry level at Crystal Rig within the Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian.
The primary generators shall be operational in mid-2023, with completion of all the wind farm scheduled for 2024.
NnG, collectively owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, can have a capability of c.450MW. It is going to provide sufficient low carbon electrical energy for round 375,000 houses and can offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Matthias Haag, NnG Mission Director, stated: “Having the primary of NnG’s two offshore substations in place is a extremely necessary second for everybody concerned within the building of this main offshore growth for Scotland.
“Plenty of laborious work has gone in to getting ready the seabed and putting in two basis jackets to assist us attain this important milestone and I’m happy that we are able to now proceed with connecting the platform to the grid and enterprise additional basis works.
“It’s an thrilling time for NnG as building continues each offshore and onshore and we’re on monitor for our first generators to be operational in mid-2023, with completion of all the wind farm scheduled for 2024.”