Boskalis Adds to Inch Cape Tally

Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) and Boskalis have signed an exclusive Pre-Construction Agreement (PCA) covering the transportation and installation of the wind turbine foundations, the offshore substation, and the inter-array cables.

The award of the contract is subject to a successful bid by ICOL in the next UK Contracts for Difference auction in mid-2019 and the financial close, expected in the second half of 2020.

The contract size, excluding procurement, is expected to exceed EUR 200 million. Boskalis will in the coming months assist with the further engineering and design of the project. The ultimate size of the contract including the cost associated with the supply of the wind turbine foundations and inter-array cables will be determined during this period.

The PCA includes the engineering, supply, transportation, and installation of up to 72 pre-piled jacket foundations and up to 84 inter-array cables in addition to the transportation and installation of the offshore substation.

The Bokalift 1 crane vessel will be deployed for the transportation and installation of the foundations as well as the offshore substation foundation, the sub-structure and the topside.

As announced earlier, Boskalis will in consortium with NKT supply and install two export cables of 85 kilometers each, connecting the offshore substation to the mainland.

The 784MW Inch Cape offshore wind farm will be located in the North Sea, 15km off the Angus Coast in the East of Scotland. The project is scheduled to be executed in the period 2021-2022, in time to enable Inch Cape to meet the CfD 3 delivery windows between 2023 to 2025.

ICOL and Boskalis will work collaboratively with smaller tier two and three local suppliers to provide the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of wind turbine substructures and inter-array cables, as well as transportation and installation of the offshore substation.

“We expect to deliver a significant proportion of the development using Scottish and UK suppliers. The high turn-out at our supply chain events is a strong indication of the level of importance the Inch Cape project will have on the renewable, and indeed oil and gas, service industry as well as the wider economy. Boskalis’ recent expansion efforts in Scotland and its increased offering in the North Sea market, further supports the project’s commitment to working with local firms,” Ian Johnson, ICOL Project Manager, said.