Bladt sends jackets for 588-MW Beatrice wind farm

First Bladt jacket foundations for Beatrice. Source: Bladt Industries (www.bladt.dk)

Sep 1 (Renewables Now) - Bladt Industries A/S has sent its first jacket foundations for the 588-MW Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland's Outer Moray Firth, the Danish steel contractor said this week.

Bladt has a contract to supply 30 four-legged jacket foundations for the wind park, which will consist of 84 Siemens 7-MW turbines. A total of three companies, the other two being Smulders and Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab), are fabricating the jackets for the project.

Earlier in August, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) said that the first jacket has been put in place. Jacket installation is expected to continue until December and then resume in May 2018 if the weather is suitable. More than three quarters of the foundation piles have already been installed, according to a recent Twitter post by BOWL. The installation of the turbines is due to start in the summer of 2018 before the wind power plant becomes fully operational by the end of 2019.  

The Beatrice project is 40%-owned by SSE Plc (LON:SSE), while Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and China's SDIC Power hold 35% and 25%, respectively.

Bladt said the first four jacket foundations for the wind farm left its site at Lindoe, Denmark on August 22.  

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