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Offshore wind farm on target

Source: 
Forres Gazette

A WIND farm being constructed off the Moray coast has taken a massive step towards its operational target of 2022 thanks to a special delivery.

Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) welcomed the arrival of a heavy transport vessel at Global Energy’s facility at Nigg containing nine wind turbine and one offshore substation platform substructures – AKA 'jackets’ – each standing 75-80m high.

The jackets will be loaded on to a jack-up vessel for installation at sea, more than 25km from shore.

Nigg and the Cromarty Firth are providing the onshore facilities for the offshore installation work. A total of 103 jackets are being installed to provide foundations for 100 offshore wind turbine generators and three offshore substation platforms. Three subsea cables will be laid to connect with underground onshore cables at Inverboyndie, and to the new substation under construction south of New Deer, to make the power generated available to consumers via the National Grid. The facility will be capable of meeting the needs of more than 950,000 homes.

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