Nigg in line for Moray Firth

Scotland’s Nigg Yard is line to act as the hub for the 1.1GW Moray Firth offshore wind farm after its owner signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the project’s developer.

The MoU between Global Energy Group (GEG) and Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL) will see the two “enter discussions on a wide variety of subjects in relation to the suitability of GEG’s Nigg Energy Park to build the recently consented [wind farm]”, said a statement from the Scottish government.

Scotland is putting £6.5m ($11m) into a new quayside at Nigg Energy Park, which GEG has redeveloped with a view to opportunities in Scotland’s booming offshore energy sector.

Alongside the MoU, today also saw the first contract between GEG and MORL for fabrication of the steel lattice for a met mast to be installed this year.

Dan Finch, project director of MORL – a joint venture between EDPR and Repsol – said: “This document marks an important step forward in MORL’s development of offshore wind in the Outer Moray Firth.

“This is the start of a process which if appropriate, will allow MORL to include Nigg Energy Park and GEG’s services as a preferred facility/subcontractor in our procurement activities.”

Finch added: “The development of offshore wind in the Moray Firth has the potential to support up to 2,400 Scottish jobs during its construction and 330 through operations and maintenance, and I am delighted to be involved in sharing those potential opportunities with local enterprises.”

Rechargerecently revealed that MHI Vestas and Samsung are on the shortlist to provide turbines to the consented Moray Firth project.

Nigg Yard is a famous name in Scottish industrial history. It employed 5,000 workers in its 1970s heyday in the Cromarty Firth but has largely lain dormant for the past decade.

UK seabed landlord The Crown Estate welcomed the MoU. Ronnie Quinn, The Crown Estate's lead on Energy & Infrastructure in Scotland, said: "This partnership shows the potential for Scottish offshore wind projects to fuel infrastructure development, supply chain growth and job creation."