The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) project in Scotland reached a significant milestone yesterday as the final foundation piles were installed offshore.
A total of 86 clusters of four piles (344 individual piles) are now in place in the Moray Firth. All were installed by Seaway Heavy Lifting’s Stanislav Yudin heavy lifting vessel using its 2,500-tonne, 110m revolving crane.
Jacket substructures are being installed onto each of the pile clusters. The jackets and foundation piles will then support the 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW offshore wind turbines and two offshore transformer modules that make up the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
More than a quarter of the jackets have already been installed by Seaway Heavy Lifting’s Oleg Strashnov. The first phase of jacket installation work will be continuing through the winter and into early 2018.
“This is a significant achievement for the Beatrice team,” says project manager Steven Wilson.
“The pile installation started in April and has been completed through a particularly challenging period of weather at the back end of the campaign. It’s certainly a moment to celebrate.
“We’ll now continue with jacket installation and, as we move into summer 2018, start to install the first turbines.”
The £2.6bn BOWL project will see 84 turbines installed 13km off the Caithness coast.
Once completed in 2019 the infrastructure will be capable of providing enough energy to power 450,000 homes.