Second Moray West Substation Platform Touches Down

The second offshore substation platform (OSP) has been installed at the Moray West offshore wind farm site in Scotland.

The first OSP was installed in December 2023 by Boskalis’ DP installation vessel Bokalift 1 which also mounted the second OSP on its foundations on 10 January, according to a notice of operations from the project.

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The substations are Siemens Energy’s offshore transformer modules (OTMs), delivered under a contract secured by the consortium of Siemens Energy and Iemants, a subsidiary of Smulders.

Both OTMs have been fabricated at the yard with Siemens Energy managing the fit-out of their equipment onto the OTMs from their Manchester base.

The units arrived in the Cromarty Firth in November last year. UK-based Harlyn Solutions was responsible for the transporting of both OSPs, including the load-in and load-out of the platforms.

Located in the Moray Firth in the northeast of Scotland, the offshore wind farm is currently under construction with foundation installation underway.

Boskalis is installing monopiles under a contract the company secured in February 2023, which involves a multidisciplinary role in the Scottish project, including the transport and installation of monopiles and the installation of the wind farm’s two substations.

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Moray West will comprise 60 Siemens Gamesa 14.7 MW wind turbines and is scheduled to generate power in 2024 and be fully operational the following year.

Recently, Amazon signed a corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) for a total of 473 MW of Moray West’s generation capacity. The technology giant signed the CPPA with ENGIE, which owns the Moray West project through Ocean Winds, the 50-50 joint venture between ENGIE and EDP Renewables.

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