World’s deepest offshore wind farm build involves ‘massive feat of engineering’

SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables has reported ‘another significant milestone’ being passed in the creation of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm which will sit 27 kilometres off the coast of Angus.

It comes following the successful installation of 19 kilometres of onshore cabling for each of the three power circuits which run from landfall at Carnoustie to the project’s new substation, which is currently under construction at Tealing.

SSE Renewables

The organisation is working alongside TotalEnergies on the project which, alongside being Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, will also be the world’s deepest – with it featuring an initial 114 wind turbines, with permission for 150 in total. SSE Renewables said that, once operational, the site will provide enough clean power for around two thirds of all Scottish homes.

Seagreen’s onshore project manager, Steven Reid, said, “This has been a massive feat of engineering and has included 117 individual cables being installed along the route and has involved crossing the East Coast Main Line, the A90 and the A92 and managing the works to minimise any impact to the Carnoustie and Panmure golf courses.

The cable plough used
(SSE Renewables)

“This was a key activity of the Seagreen project to prepare for the export of first power this summer and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams involved, the landowners; and the local residents for the patience and understanding shown while this work was undertaken. We are now in the final phase of work of reinstatement and replanting of the land affected by the cable route which will continue to the end of the year.

“With the support of our contractors Nexans and Linxon, we are also in the process of donating a number of our cable drums to local schools in Carnoustie, Murroes and Tealing where they will be used within each school’s playgrounds.”