First jackets arrive for Moray East offshore wind farm


Global Energy’s port of Nigg confirmed the safe arrival of the OHT Osprey heavy lift vessel with the first 8 of what will be 103 jacket structures for the DEME Moray East offshore wind farm project.

The port of Nigg was chosen as the foundations staging port for the construction of the 950MW offshore wind farm, which will see the installation of 100 turbines and 3 offshore substation platforms.

“It has always been our desire to make the best use of Nigg Energy Park and I am delighted that DEME Offshore recognized we have the facilities, experience and skills to support them with this extremely exciting project.

“The Port of Nigg is an ideal staging port for the Moray East Project due to its deep-water access and the high ground bearing strength of its quay and storage areas. Great skill is required to safely manoeuvre the massive structures off the Heavy Lift Vessel and into the storage areas. 

“Our strategy over the last few years has been in energy transition within a changing and highly competitive marketplace. We have the diverse mix of facilities, people and supply and support companies to meet the requirements of our Clients within the Cromarty Firth and further afield. This project highlights our capabilities are transferable across the multi energy markets which will be critical during this challenging time for our business.”

Roy MacGregor, chairman Global Energy Group.

“I am grateful for all of the work and cooperation which has been undertaken to enable the Moray East project to progress safely in this challenging environment of the global health situation. Energy is one of 13 ‘Critical Sectors’ to the UK economy and Moray East is an essential project, which will provide plentiful low-carbon electricity at a world-leading low price. Moray East is strategically important to the security of the UK’s energy supply. It will help ensure that the UK’s economic recovery is not impeded by lack of access to low-cost, low carbon energy.”

Marcel Sunier, project director Moray East offshore wind farm.

“The safe arrival of these first eight jackets is a significant milestone and just the beginning of what are exciting times in the progress and timeline for the Moray East offshore wind farm. We look forward to working with our local and global partners ensuring that this element of the supply chain meets all our aspirations for a safe, successful and timely delivery of the project.”

Bart De Poorter, general manager DEME Offshore.

These eight jackets are the beginning of the Moray East Nigg project. When the construction of the Moray East offshore wind farm has been completed, 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines will supply up to 950MW of electricity to the national grid that is scheduled to start operating by 2022.

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