The last of 103 jacket foundations is safely installed at 950 MW Moray East offshore wind farm in Scotland which is now ready for wind turbines next year.
DEME Offshore was awarded the full EPCI scope for 100 wind turbine foundations plus three offshore substation platform foundations in December 2018. To ensure a timely production flow, DEME Offshore contracted Lamprell for the fabrication of 45 wind turbine foundation jackets and three offshore substation jackets. The remaining 55 jackets were awarded to Smulders, which constructed them at facilities in Belgium and Newcastle.
Despite the many challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic and the unfortunate incident on board of the ‘Orion’ just shortly before the delivery of the vessel to DEME and the offshore construction start, DEME Offshore successfully installed the final jacket foundation on the 26th December 2020.
“This achievement is remarkable given the challenges of COVID-19, winter weather and knock on impacts to the global supply chain and travel. Despite that, the last jacket structures were assembled at Newcastle and barged to Nigg last week. With the focus and dedication of all involved the team were able to install the 103rd and final jacket safely,” wrote Moray East Project Director Marcel Sunier in a statement.
“We now look forward to 2021, the Wind Turbine Pre-Assembly in the Cromarty Firth and their subsequent safe installation at sea and energisation of the entire infrastructure allowing the export of clean and affordable electricity, doing our part to contribute to a sustainable future,” he added.
Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore commented: “Despite the unprecedented challenges we have faced on this project we are extremely proud of how our teams have navigated through difficult times. This was only possible by meticulous planning, thorough preparation, excellent cooperation with our subcontractors and by working closely with our customer and partners.”
“Thanks to countless mitigation and acceleration measures taken by our teams and our global supply chain we have been able to obviate several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic at multiple project locations, border closures and adverse weather events at several worksites. DEME Offshore has shown to its client and the offshore wind industry its commitment and capability to finalise a job on time, even in such circumstances.”
“At a technical level, we delivered unique solutions, such as a combined WTG foundation and OSP foundation design, accurate and high speed pre-piling, a pile-pin locking system for grouting and special lifting and positioning tools. In all its technical aspects this was one of the most high-tech featured projects the offshore wind world has seen so far. In completing this project DEME Offshore has added another remarkable project to its long list of references.”
The facility is set to commission during 2022.