Foundations for Vattenfall’s Ormonde wind farm on the way

The first four 450-tonne steel foundations for Vattenfall’s Ormonde offshore wind farm are making their way by barge from the BiFab yard in Scotland to the 150MW development in the Irish Sea.

Standing 45 metres tall, the jacket substructures will be piled in in water depths of 17-22 metres to support RePower 5MW turbines.

“The delivery of the jackets is an important development for our project in the Irish Sea and underlines Vattenfall’s commitment to engage with the Scottish and UK economy and to assist in establishing a supply chain for the renewable energy sector,” says Vattenfall Wind Power’s director and head of development in the UK, David Hodkinson.

Once online next year, the 30-turbine Ormonde wind farm is expected to produce around 500 gigawatt hours of electricity every year, enough to supply 100,000 homes.

The foundations are scheduled to reach the wind farm on 16 July.