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Moray East reaches key development milestones

Moray East, what will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, has reached two key milestones.

The final power substation has been installed at the 100-turbine wind development in the Moray Firth.

Meanwhile the last of the set of 45 turbine jackets being constructed in Dubai have been loaded out onto a heavy-lift ship and set off for the site.

Bart De Poorter, general manager at contractor Deme Offshore, said: “Managing to perform the seamless installation of the third offshore substation and keeping foundation production firmly on schedule are both something we can be proud of given the unprecedented challenges we have faced.

“This is only possible by meticulous management, thorough preparations and by working closely with our customer and partners.”

Deme was awarded the full EPCI scope for the wind turbine foundations and the three substations in  in December 2018.

They subcontracted Lamprell for 45 of the jackets, and substation jackets, while the remaining 55 went to Smulders.

Fabrication work is still ongoing for these 55 in yards in Belgium and Newcastle.

The last of the three substations were installed last weekend at the site, around 15 miles from shore.

The first set of huge turbine jackets arrived at the wind farm back in May.

Moray East is due to be operational in 2022.

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