Leading Dutch dredging group Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has secured a major contract for a multidisciplinary offshore wind farm project in Scotland.
The 882 MW Moray West wind farm project will have the capacity to power up to 640,000 homes in United Kingdom.
According to Boskalis, the deal was awarded by Ocean Winds, a joint venture between Spanish group EDP Renewables and French multinational utility Engie, dedicated to offshore wind energy.
As per the agreement, Boskalis will carry out a large number of the activities contributing to the development of this renewable energy project in the coming 12 months.
The Moray West offshore wind farm is located off the Scottish east coast in the Moray Firth. The development consists of 60 offshore wind turbines and two substations, all fixed on monopile foundations.
In the coming months, Boskalis will transport a large number of the monopiles from the Far East to discharge at the port of Invergordon, near the project site. These monopiles – eight per voyage – will be transported on the heavy transport vessel White Marlin.
Prior to the installation of the foundations, Boskalis will carry out the seabed preparation activities by installing a layer of rock that will act as a filter and scour protection for the monopiles, it stated.
Subsequently, Boskalis will deploy its DP crane vessel Bokalift 2 for the installation campaign. With its 4,000-tonne crane the Bokalift 2 will install the monopiles using its new upending hinge and motion-compensated pile gripper.
Furthermore, in addition to a very large impact hammer, Boskalis will also deploy a vibro-hammer on this project. As a part of its campaign, Boskalis will also install two substations with their respective transition pieces, it added.-TradeArabia News Service