Wind Orca to Install 14.7 MW Siemens Gamesa Turbines on Moray West

Offshore wind contractor Cadeler has signed a firm contract with Siemens Gamesa to provide the transportation and installation of a total of 60 wind turbines for the 882 MW Moray West wind farm offshore Scotland.

The contract for the installation of the giant SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines at the Moray West offshore wind farm comes just after Siemens Gamesa announced the firm contract award with Moray West operator for the supply of the 60 turbines.

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This will be the first time that these 14 MW offshore wind turbines will be installed on a commercial scale, Cadeler said. 

The project will be executed by Cadeler’s wind farm installation vessel, Wind Orca. The installation is set to start at the beginning of 2024, just after the vessel has undergone a large crane upgrade with a lifting capacity of 1,600 metric tonnes.

The Port of Nigg in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland, has been selected as the place from where the turbines will be pre-assembled and shipped.

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“The preferred supplier agreement with an undisclosed client, which was announced in January 2022, has now become a final contract between Cadeler and Siemens Gamesa, after it was signed by all parties involved,” Cadeler said.

Moray West selected Siemens Gamesa as the preferred bidder for the supply of offshore wind turbines in October last year.

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Each SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine will have a capacity of 14.7 MW and utilize PowerBoost feature. The turbines will feature a rotor diameter of 222 metres and B108 IntegralBlades that will be produced at the company’s offshore blade factory in Hull, England, the turbine maker said.

“This is a very exciting project for Cadeler where our experienced team and industry leading assets will support Siemens Gamesa to install this landmark project on time and budget. We are therefore happy to partner up with Siemens Gamesa once again and execute the installation of these impressive turbines“, said Mikkel Gleerup, CEO of Cadeler.

The Moray West project will be located over 22 kilometres from the Moray Council coast in the northeast of Scotland and is expected to produce its first power in 2024.

The offshore wind farm is developed and majority-owned by Ocean Winds, with Lithuania’s Ignitis Group holding a minority share in the project.

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