Ground investigation work for the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms in the North Sea have got underway this week after the Vanguard scheme gained planning consent at the start of the month. Fugro is delivering a four month long marine site characterisation programme 40km off the Norfolk coast for windfarm developer Vattenfall for both sites as part of the firm’s aim to get “shovel-ready” renewable and low carbon schemes. The windfarms will have a combined capacity of 3.6GW, which Vattenfall has said will be enough to power 3.9M homes. While Norfolk Vanguard has been granted planning consent, the final decision on Norfolk Boreas is not expected until April 2021.
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MASSIVE new wind turbine parts have arrived in the waters of the Cromarty Firth ahead of their installation in the 950MW Moray East wind farm. Global Energy’s facilities at the Port of Nigg saw the arrival of the heavy transport vessel OHT Hawk today, carrying platform substructures for nine wind turbines and one offshore substation. These each stand some 75m-80m high and are destined for use by Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd in the Moray Firth.
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Scottish utility group SSE has said it hopes to build an offshore wind farm off Ireland by 2025. The company’s Arklow Bank project of at least 520 megawatts (MW) was recently added alongside a list of projects to be fast-tracked by the Irish Government. SSE is also eyeing the growing area of floating offshore wind farms that could allow development in vast new areas of the world, such as Japan, Korea and the US west coast, where the seabed is too deep for traditional fixed installations.
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