Ecosse Subsea completes sea-bed clearance of Moray Firth wind farm

Ready, steady, plough.
Ready, steady, plough.

Ground-works in preparation for construction of the £2.6 billion Beatrice wind farm in the Moray Firth are progressing, with Ecosse Subsea Systems having completed a 14-day seabed clearance on the project about eight miles off the Caithness coast.

Ecosse deployed its SCAR2 sea-bed plough on behalf of client Siem Offshore Contractors. Several hundred boulders were removed over a 10-mile route in water depths of up to 180-ft over terrain which was predominantly sand and gravel overlying stiff clay.

 When completed in 2019, the 84-turbine Beatrice wind farm will power approximately 450,000 homes on completion in 2019. It is being developed by Subsea 7 and Siemens.

 Mark Gillespie, Ecosse Subsea managing director, said: “Our SCAR2 system is now well established as a highly efficient and economic method of clearing and preparing the seabed as the first stage of major wind farm construction projects.”

Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed