The port of Nigg in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland, has been conditionally selected by Siemens Gamesa as the planned location for pre-assembly and installation of wind turbines for the Moray West offshore wind farm.
Ocean Winds is developing the Moray West project. Siemens Gamesa, as the preferred bidder for the supply of the offshore wind turbines, has signed a conditional agreement with Global Energy Group to use Nigg as the base for installation works.
Subject to the award of a contract for difference (CfD) in 2022 and financial close, the wind turbine components will be marshalled at Nigg prior to installation and commissioning through 2024.
Project director for Moray West, Adam Morrison, said: “We are delighted that the port of Nigg is lined up to host the Moray West turbines, building on the positive track record of this important part of Scottish port infrastructure. Moray West expects to be successful in the next round of CfD and is aiming to move rapidly into full construction next year.
“The decision to utilise Nigg follows three successful and safe large installation campaigns, including our sister project Moray East. Having suitable facilities to secure the Moray West work has underlined the value of earlier investments in Nigg and the ongoing need to invest in quayside infrastructure to support the growth of the sector. If successful in the ScotWind leasing round, Ocean Winds will make very large early investments to drive the next large steps necessary to build capability and capacity in the Scottish supply chain.”