December 4 (Renewables Now) - All foundation piles have been installed for the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, Scotland, the project company said today.
A total of 86 sets of four piles were installed by Seaway Heavy Lifting's vessel Stanislav Yudin. Installation of the jacket substructures onto the piles is underway, with Seaway Heavy Lifting's Oleg Strashnov having already put in place more than a quarter of the jackets. The first stage of jacket installation will continue into early 2018.
The foundations will support 84 Siemens Gamesa turbines of 7 MW and two offshore transformer modules.
"Now that piling is complete, we’ll continue with jacket installation and, as we move into summer 2018, start to install the first turbines," said Steven Wilson, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project manager for SSE Plc (LON:SSE).
The project is being developed by SSE, which owns 40%, in partnership with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and SDIC Power Holdings Co Ltd (SHA:600886), which hold 35% and 25%, respectively.