Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told those behind plans for a huge offshore windfarm off the coast of Scotland they should look no further than BiFab when it comes to awarding work. GeoSea, a subsidiary of the Belgian-based DEME Group, has been appointed by Moray Offshore as the engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractor for the 100 wind turbine foundations, three offshore substation platform foundations and the transport and installation of three offshore substation platforms serving its Moray East development. Amid fears the multi-million pound fabrication contracts in the Moray Firth could be handed to foreign companies, Mr Brown has written to DEME Group chief executive Alain Bernard to press the case for BiFab’s yards in Fife.
Dundee Courier 11th Aug 2018 read more »
A former UK energy minister living on the Isle of Lewis has intervened in a bid to halt any potential BiFab deal for the Moray East windfarm going to foreign firms. Brian Wilson, a former Labour government member of state and UK minister for energy, said in a letter to Belgian firm DEME Group that this was a “critical moment” for Scottish offshore wind and that work “could and should” be sustained in the north-east. The letter is in response to union concern that DEME subsidiary, GeoSea – appointed by Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm – could hand multi-million fabrication contracts for the Moray Firth development to foreign companies. GMB Union said last week it was worried that the likes of BiFab could be undercut by firm’s offering better terms by attempting to get around EU procurement rules.
Energy Voice 10th Aug 2018 read more »
Orsted has installed all four substations, including the first ever offshore reactive compensation station, at the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea One, off the coast of Yorkshire, as well as acquiring US-based onshore wind developer Lincoln Energy for $580m (£454.3). Right now, employees of Danish power company Ørsted are far out in the North Sea, working around the clock building what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Hornsea One is located 120km (74.5 miles) off the Yorkshire coast, the furthest from shore that any offshore wind farm has ever been built, and will feature the longest powerline cable route at 900km. Offshore construction on Hornsea Project One began in January 2018. When completed in 2020, the farm – which at 407km2 (157 square miles) will cover an area five times the size of Hull – will supply clean energy to more than one million UK homes.
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