Build of world’s deepest fixed bottom offshore wind farm in Angus progresses

Able UK

MARSHALLING operations for wind turbine parts are underway in Hartlepool for what will be  the world’s deepest fixed bottom offshore wind farm.

To be located 27km off the Angus Coast, Seagreen is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies.

Following the recent announcement that the installation of turbine foundations had commenced at the project site, the firm’s have now revealed that wind turbine parts are being received in the north east of England.

Once in full production, the Vestas site at Able Seaton Port will support 100 full-time employees – including technicians for the installation of the wind turbines, crane personnel, supervisors, quality inspectors, warehouse workers and other staff.

SSE Renewables said that work to fit the turbine parts is expected to commence in late 2021, with it running in tandem with the continuing campaign to fit the turbine foundations on the £3 billion project.

Once operational, the firm said that the site will provide around 5,000 GWh annually of renewable energy – supplying the energy needs of around 1.6 million homes and saving 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Allan Birk Wisby, project director at Vestas, said,“Our collaboration with Able UK at the Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool for the pre-assembly scope of the Seagreen project has been truly exceptional. For a project the size of Seagreen, with technology the size of our V164-10.0 MW turbines, the pre-assembly port selection is of utmost importance and Vestas’ requirements have been well-met by Able Seaton Port. Now, Vestas is committed to delivering the Seagreen project along with SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies safely and on schedule by 2023.”

John Hill, project director of the Seagreen Project, added, “With work on the Seagreen project now well underway, it is fantastic for us to be looking forward to a point when we will be installing the 114 turbines as site. It is great to see the project will benefit the UK supply chain, not only at Able Seaton but in the Isle of Wight where 87% of the blades from Seagreen have been manufactured. I look forward to seeing the first turbine installed at site in the near future.”