EDP has inaugurated the operations and maintenance center of the 950 MW Moray East offshore wind farm, which will now be controlled by this new infrastructure located in Fraserburgh Port, Scotland.
This new operations and maintenance center will now manage this offshore wind farm, in particular by controlling the vessel ‘Alba’, which regularly spends two-week periods at sea with a crew to carry out maintenance works on the infrastructure, 22 kilometres off the coast.
The operation center, fully built using local suppliers and labor, will create about 100 jobs locally, EDP said.
Moray East, which went into operation in June, is one of the most important EDP-controlled assets in the country, thanks to an EDP/Engie joint venture established in 2019 – Ocean Winds, the company said.
Moray East is located in the Moray Firth area, which is home to a similar wind project called Moray West – a wind farm with an installed capacity of 850 MW and which is expected to come into operation in the coming years.
Ocean Winds has invested EUR 3.1 billion in these two projects and is planning to invest a further EUR 2.6 billion in Moray West over the next three to four years. This amount is included in EDP’s investment plan for the United Kingdom, which was announced earlier this week and will allow the Group to invest up to EUR 15 billion.