SSE Seeking Arklow Bank 2 Turbine Foundation Designers

SSE Renewables has issued a tender seeking a company to provide the turbine substructure FEED and detailed design for the second phase of the Arklow Bank offshore wind farm.

SSE has developed a substructure concept that includes a monopile and transition piece which shall provide the basis for commencing the FEED scope of works.

The selected party will perform all FEED activities included within the main scope of work and the employer’s technical requirements, both of which shall be issued as part of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) stage.

The final substructure designs will need to be certified by an independent certification body appointed by the employer.

The contract would start on 3 May 2021 and end on 31 December the same year. The deadline for submitting applications for the tender is 13 November by 17:00 local time.

The Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2, located off the East Coast of County Wicklow in the Irish Sea, has a consented minimum installed capacity of 520 MW. It is planned to be built by 2025.

SSE also co-developed the 7-turbine 25 MW Arklow Bank Phase 1 with GE Energy in 2004 as a demonstrator project to prove the opportunity that offshore wind energy could represent for Ireland. The Arklow Bank Phase 1 is Ireland’s first and only operating offshore wind farm.

Photo: The Arklow Bank offshore wind project. Source: SSE