First Ten Jacket Foundations Installed at Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

The first ten jacket foundations for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, which were brought to Scotland last month, are now installed at the project site located some 15.5 kilometres off the East coast of Scotland.

The first batch of jackets for the Scottish offshore wind farm arrived directly to the site from the location of fabrication on board COSCO Shipping’s heavy load carrier Xin Yao Hua.

Shortly after the arrival, the first foundation was installed by Heerema Marine Contractors’ deepwater construction vessel Balder.

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The installation of the ten foundations was completed on 7 November, according to the latest Notice to Mariners from the project.

Heerema is working on the project under a contract with Sapiem, which is in charge of the jacket foundation supply and installation.

After each jacket was in place, the Normand Navigator offshore support vessel moved into position to undertake subsea grouting and inspections to conclude the installation.

The 450 MW wind farm, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, will comprise 54 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines, with the first units planned to be operational in mid-2023.

The entire wind farm is scheduled to be in operation in 2024, as of when will supply enough electricity for around 375,000 homes each year.

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Photo: Normand Navigator at Neart na Gaoithe; Source: Neart na Gaoithe (NnG)