First EOWDC Jacket Top Sections En Route to Newcastle

Mandora Logistics has loaded out the first two jacket top sections built at Smulders fabrication yard in Hoboken, Belgium, for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

Boskalis awarded Smulders Project a contract for manufacturing and assembling suction bucket jacket foundations for the eleven-turbine offshore demonstrator project in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.

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The top sections are being produced at Hoboken and will firstly be transported to Newcastle, where the lower sections are being manufactured, and where the final assembly will take place.

The first two top sections are expected to arrive in Newcastle on Saturday, 30 September.

Marketex Offshore Constructions, an affiliated company of BLRT Grupp, recently completed the delivery of 21 anchors for the wind turbine foundations.

The foundations are expected to be installed at the site some three kilometres off Aberdeen in January 2018, followed by the installation of the 66kV inter-array cables and the export cable.

The eleven MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines are scheduled for installation in March 2018.

As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration centre, the 92.5MW EOWDC, also called Aberdeen offshore wind farm, will trial next generation technology and is expected to contribute to driving down the cost of clean power.

The wind farm is expected to generate first power in summer 2018 and operate for 20 years.