Beatrice offshore wind-powered turbine parc scheduled for first-electricity in July 2018

Computer-generated image of what Beatrice will look like
Computer-generated image of what Beatrice will look like

The developer of the £2 billion Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth has announced that it expects the turbines to generate first-electricity in Summer 2018.

In the past twelve months, the Beatrice project team has installed all offshore pile clusters, over a third of jacket substructures and more than 40 miles of subsea cabling.

Onshore in Blackhillock, the team working on the SSE substation have moved from the civil construction phase to the installation of the electrical and mechanical infrastructure which will form the two circuits of the wind farm transmission system.

And further up the coast in Wick, construction teams have completed the first phase of the renovation works and began to re-work the disused corner of the harbour in readiness for the arrival of the crew transfer boats which will service the operational wind farm for the next 25 years.

The team is now focussed on preparing for what will be the biggest milestone of 2018 – the first generation of renewable electricity from the wind farm.

Expected in July 2018, the generation of first electricity is the fruition of the hard work of thousands of people and many thousands of man hours and is the first step on the wind farms final journey towards completion in 2019.

But, there remains a lot to do before then; commissioning the Blackhillock substation, completing the subsea and onshore cabling, energising the transmission system, completing jacket installation and erecting the first of the 84 turbines.

Steve Wilson, Project Manager, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, said: “It’s safe to say that the Beatrice project has come a long way since reaching final investment decision in May 2016.

“Whilst the foundations for the successful delivery of the project were laid in 2016, 2017 was the year that the project really started to ‘come to life’ in the Moray Firth.

“It’s exciting to think that we will be working on our 84 turbine offshore wind farm in buildings in Wick that were originally developed in 1807 by renowned Scottish engineer Thomas Telford.

“Telford created a lasting legacy with his works and, whilst we could never compete with his achievements, Beatrice will deliver a lasting legacy for the communities close to the wind farm and for the UK offshore renewables industry.”

Beatrice is a joint venture between Perth-based utility SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and China’s Red Rock Power Ltd (25%).

29 Jan 2018

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