Nine of 103 jacket foundations destined for installation at the Moray East offshore wind farm off Scotland arrived into the Port of Nigg, prior to sail-out to the project site, 25km offshore.

The steel tripods, fabricated at Lamprell’s site in Hamriyah, UAE, and shipped 12,000 nautical miles, will be topped with 100 of MHI Vestas’ 9.5MW V164 turbines and three substation topsides, to form the 950MW project, being developed by a consortium made up of Diamond Green, EDPR, Engie and China Three Gorges, along with DEME Offshore as lead contractor.

Brought to the Global Energy Group-operated Nigg facility onboard Offshore Heavy Transport’s Hawk, the 80-metre-tall jackets will be transferred to the Seajacks Scylla jack-up which will handle installation at sea.

Moray East is slated to be online in 2022 – at price of £57.50/MWhr, two-thirds lower than offshore wind farms in operation off the UK today – generating enough electricity to supply almost 1 million UK homes, while saving 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.