The first steel cutting of the J-tube frames for the 882MW Moray West Offshore Wind Farm has taken place at the Port of Nigg by Global Energy Group’s (GEG) North Fabrication division.

Following months of complex pre-production engineering, this marks the start of the fabrication phase of two J-tube frames which will be attached to the offshore substation platforms (OSPs). The frames will support the steel tubes that protect the cables coming into the OSPs from the wind turbines and the cables exporting the power to shore.

North Fabrication’s engineering expertise, fabrication capabilities, and quayside facilities at the Port of Nigg make them the ideal contractor. As part of this multi-million-pound contract, the project will also support 50 jobs locally.

Developed by Ocean Winds, the 50:50 joint venture between ENGIE and EDP Renewables, the Moray West Offshore Wind Farm will be installed in the outer Moray Firth, located adjacent to the existing 950MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm.

The contract builds on the track record established between GEG and Ocean Winds, who are majority owners of the 950MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, which previously utilised Port of Nigg for marshalling and pre-assembling the foundations and wind turbine components.

In January, Moray West announced that Siemens Gamesa would also use the Port of Nigg to marshall and pre-assemble the wind turbines in 2024.

Pete Geddes, EPCI Director for Moray West, said: “It’s good news to see this important foundations-related fabrication scope underway in a Scottish port, helping to grow the track record at this established quayside facility and reducing transport risks for the project. We’re pleased to be working at Global Energy Group’s quayside facility, almost within sight of the ultimate installation location on Moray West.”

Dave Mackay, General Manager at North Fabrication, said: “The cutting of steel for Ocean Winds’ Moray West Offshore Wind Farm is an important milestone in the project and follows a period of collaborative work with our client on the complex engineering. The fabrication of the J-tubes for Moray West is a vital project for our company and builds on supply chain value proposition that Global Energy Group has developed within the offshore renewables industry.”

Image source: Courtesy of GEG

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