As we move toward the future solar panels and wind turbines are only set to become more common. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the J-Tube frames of Moray West Offshore wind farm get their first steel cut. The cutting took place at Port of Nigg, the UK. Global Energy Group’s National Fabrication division undertook the job.
For months complex pre-production engineering has been taking place, however, two J-tube frames have now entered the fabrication phase, these frames will be attached to offshore substation platforms.
These frames have been tasked with supporting the steel tubes that protect cables that come into the OSPs from wind turbines while they also need to protect wires exporting power to the shore.
North Fabrication division of Global Energy Group has expertise in engineering and capability for fabrication which makes them ideal for this job.
Also, they have quayside facilities at Port of Nigg making them more favorable for the task. The project is worth multiple million pounds and will also be supporting as many as 50 local jobs.
Global Energy Group’s (GEG) North Fabrication division has commenced production of the J-tube frames for the 882MW Moray West Offshore Wind Farm, with first steel being cut at the Port of Nigg.
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The 882 MW Moray West Offshore wind farm will be installed in outer Moray firth, the UK. This would place it adjacent to the existing 950 MW Moray East Offshore wind farm.
The west wind farm project is being developed by Ocean Winds and is a 50:50 joint venture between ENGIE and EDP renewables.
General Manager at North Fabrication, Dave Mackay, shared “The cutting of steel for Ocean Winds’ Moray West Offshore Wind Farm is an important milestone in the project and follows a period of collaborative work with our client on the complex engineering. The fabrication of the J-tubes for Moray West is a vital project for our company and builds on supply chain value proposition that GEG has developed within the offshore renewables industry.”
The J-Tube Frames of Moray West Offshore Wind Farm get their first steel cut, each frame will be 37 meters in length and 11 meters in diameter. The wind farm is set to comprise 60 Siemens Gamesa’s 14.7 MW wind turbines.
The wind farm is expected to be ready by early 2025, and then it will be capable enough to generate clean energy to power up close to 650k homes.
GEG secured this contract in September 2022 from Ocean Winds. Ocean Winds also recently made a final decision with their partner on the 496MW Îles d’Yeu and Noirmoutier offshore wind farm which is set to be located off the coast of France.
Source: Global Energy Group