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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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First turbine up at 1.1GW Seagreen offshore wind farmSeagreen has announced the installation of the project’s first Vestas V164-10.0 MW turbine. The installation of the first Vestas turbine in the North Sea off the Scottish coast heralds the start of the turbine installation phase which will see a total of 114 wind turbines installed across the project site.
 
Components for the first turbine to be installed, including blades, nacelles, and the supporting towers, were transported to site by installation contractor Cadeler’s wind farm installation vessel Wind Osprey from Vestas’ turbine marshalling base at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool, North-East England. The turbine was installed onto a 2,000 tonne three-legged caisson jacket foundation fixed to the bottom of the North Sea floor.
 
The Seagreen turbine installation programme is running in parallel with the ongoing foundation installation campaign, which is being run by Seaway7 out of Scotland’s Port of Nigg. First power is expected by early next year with the offshore wind farm expected to enter commercial operation in 2023. Situated around 27km off the Angus coast, the £3bn wind farm is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (49%) and TotalEnergies (51%). SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the Seagreen project, supported by TotalEnergies, and will operate Seagreen on completion for its expected 25-year lifetime.
 
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