First steel cut for Moray West offshore wind farm J-Tube frames

Global Energy Group, a services provider for the offshore industry, has begun fabrication of J-tube frames to be used for the 882 MW Moray West offshore wind farm. The work on J-tubes is taking place at its North Fabrication facility with the first steel being cut at the Port of Nigg, Scotland. This fabrication phase is the result of several months of pre-production engineering by the company. The diameter and length of each J-tube frame will be 11 and 37 meters, respectively. They will also be fastened to offshore substation platforms (OSPs) and support steel tubes that safeguard the wires that run from wind turbines to the substation and from there to the coast. 

The offshore wind farm is being developed by Ocean Winds, a joint venture between Engie and EDP Renewables. The project will be situated near to Scotland’s current Moray East offshore wind farm, which has a capacity of 950 MW, in the outer Moray Firth. The wind farm will include 60 14.7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. The Moray West offshore wind farm, which is anticipated to be online in early 2025, will have the capacity to annually provide enough clean energy to power up to 640,000 homes.

In December 2022, Aker Solutions joined forces with Mainstream Renewable Power, Ocean Winds, and Statkraft for the upcoming Utsira Nord floating wind project in Norway. The companies would collaborate to develop economical, sustainable technology for the project, as per the terms of the agreement. These would include initiatives for design, building, fabrication, and installation, as well as other cost-cutting ideas and technology.