EDF Renewables and ESB begin constructing 450MW offshore UK wind farm

One of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels has arrived at the site of a wind farm off the coast of Scotland in the UK, as energy companies EDF Renewables and ESB begin constructing the 450MW facility.

The vessels, owned by engineering firm Saipem, will start the installation of casings for piles and begin to prepare the seabed for the arrival of the steel foundation jackets, on which the 54 wind turbine generators and two offshore substations will be installed.

The US$2.4 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes and will save over 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

“The construction phase of the NnG offshore wind farm is now well underway and many people will be able to see the S7000 starting construction work offshore. It will be visible from much of the East Neuk of Fife and from North Berwick and Dunbar,” said NnG project director Matthias Haag.

“We have carefully considered the implications of COVID-19 and Scottish Government guidelines as the work gets underway offshore and for the continuing onshore works,” he added.