Peterhead Port Authority is to support construction for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) after signing an agreement to harbour the suction bucket jacket foundations for the 11-turbine scheme.
The contract will see the port moor one of the world’s largest floating cranes, with a maximum lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes, and up to six barges that will transport the 11 foundations - the heaviest of which weighs around 1,800 tonnes and is about 77m high. Peterhead will also accommodate two offshore construction vessels and a project site office will be established at the harbour for the installation operations which are due to start later this year.
Swedish energy group, Vattenfall, is developing the EOWDC, off Aberdeen Bay. The contract for Peterhead Port Authority was awarded by Boskalis which is Vattenfall’s key supplier for the offshore construction and installation including the foundations and cabling.
Ian Laidlaw, chief executive at Peterhead Port Authority, said "Peterhead has been an integral part of the UK’s energy industry for the past 50 years and the EOWDC represents a new chapter in the vital role that the energy sector plays in support the national economy.”
Andre Andringa, project director at Boskalis, said “Peterhead's facilities provide a natural fit to support the foundation installation work for a number of reasons. With more than 3km of deepwater berthing, it can comfortably accommodate a large heavy lift vessel while the harbour is also sheltered which helps minimise the impact of weather conditions for loading.”
The foundations will be transported to Peterhead for mooring via the six barge vessels, five of which will carry two foundations while the sixth will transport the final one. The installation vessel will be moored alongside the barges for heavylift operations. Peterhead Port is to support the installation operations for at least four months with the offshore work expected to take around four to six weeks.