DEME Offshore has been awarded a major EPCI contract for the inter-array and interconnector cables at the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland, including engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the subsea cables for the 450 MW capacity wind farm, with execution in 2021, and, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the contract for the transport and installation of the 54 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines.
Neart na Gaoithe will be located 15.5 kilometres off the east coast of Fife in Scotland and covers an area of approximately 105 square kilometres. Water depths for the installation range between 45 and 55 metres.
The layout shall include 54 8 MW wind turbine generators (WTG), distributed across 12 array strings, each connected via dedicated 66 kV inter-array cables. The 6 array loops will be connected to the two Offshore Substations (OSS), with three array loops to each OSS and an interconnector between the OSSs. Engineering activities have already kicked off in order to meet the required project milestones.
The project has the potential to generate 450 MW of renewable energy, which is enough power to supply around 375,000 Scottish homes – more than the whole of Edinburgh, and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
“We are honoured and delighted to be awarded this EPCI contract in Scotland, and to contribute to the country’s continuous drive and growth towards its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045” said Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore. “This project further allows DEME Offshore to demonstrate our willingness and capability to assist our clients in achieving innovative solutions, with quick turnaround – something which was of the utmost importance throughout the initial concept and design stages through to final contract signing. The capabilities and capacity of our innovative cable lay vessel ‘Living Stone’ has been specially designed to adapt to the requirements of any offshore cable project, ensure flexibility within the field and a guarantee to the meeting of specific project milestones, which has been key to EDF Renewables UK.”
Guillaume Bonnesoeur, Commercial Manager at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said, "This is our first direct contract with EDF and we are extremely pleased with this major contract award. We look very much forward to partnering up with EDF by sharing the challenges and shouldering the responsibilities. The turbines to be installed will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) - our reliable partner in many previous projects. This contract with EDF cements our leading position in the offshore wind turbine installation industry, and we look forward to working with them to safely deliver on this project."
The Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels have installed almost 600 wind turbines offshore and gained extensive experience installing the latest generation offshore wind turbines on some of the world’s largest wind farms.Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is wholly owned by Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. employing over 1,400 people in offshore wind. Fred. Olsen Ocean is wholly owned by the Norwegian stock listed company Bonheur ASA.
The company has offices in Oslo - Norway, Fredericia – Denmark and Hamburg - Germany.