Peterhead gets Aberdeen Bay nod
Boskalis to load out jacket foundations from Scottish port for 92.4MW project
The Scottish port of Peterhead has been chosen by Boskalis to serve as a marshalling location for turbine foundations for Vattenfall’s 92.4MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm.
The contract will also see the port moor one of the world’s largest floating cranes, with a maximum lifting capacity of 5000 tonne and up to six barges that will transport the foundations from fabricator Smulders Projects yard in Wallsend, Nescastle.
Peterhead is to support the installation operations for at least four months with the offshore work expected to take around four to six weeks. A pair of offshore construction support vessels will also be based from the port with installation due to start in the autumn.
Aberdeen project director Adam Ezzamel said the job will create a “positive renewables momentum” in the region.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse said the aware is “an indication of the port’s growing reputation as a place which can accommodate some of the most challenging and cutting-edge offshore construction requirements”
“Vattenfall is not alone in recognising the sheer scale of Scotland’s offshore wind potential and responding to the unique support that the Scottish Government has made available,” he added.
Image: a suction bucket trial for the project earlier this year (Vattenfall)