Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins Neart na Goithe contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract by EDF Renewables (EDF) for the transport and installation of 54 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilise one of its vessels for the project which starts in the spring of 2022.

The 448 MW
Neart na Gaoithe is expected to be operational by 2023 and the total investment required to deliver the project is estimated to be in the region of £1.8 billion. The project is located 20 km from the east coast of Scotland, and close to the Port of Dundee, where pre-assembly work will take place.

It was awarded a CfD by LCCC in February 2015, with a strike price of £114.39/MWh. Developer Mainstream Renewable Power isin the process of progressing towards financial close, with work expected to start on the project in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023.
When fully operational it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually.

Guillaume Bonnesoeur, Commercial Manager at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said: "This is our first direct contract with EDF and we are extremely pleased with this major contract award. We look very much forward to partnering up with EDF by sharing the challenges and shouldering the responsibilities. The turbines to be installed will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) - our reliable partner in many previous projects. This contract with EDF cements our leading position in the offshore wind turbine installation industry, and we look forward to working with them to safely deliver on this project."

Matthieu Hue, CEO at EDF Renewables said: “We are excited to get work under way with our contractors and all Scottish companies and stakeholders participating in the project. The 450 MW NnG project will play an important role in de-carbonising the UK electricity system and is a further example of EDF Renewables’ continuous investment and growth in Scotland.”

Earlier today (28 November 2019),
4C Offshore reported that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced the firm order to supply wind turbines.

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