New turbines for £2.6bn Moray Firth wind-farm roll up for installation

The 'Rotra Vente' at Nigg harbour.
The ‘Rotra Vente’ at Nigg harbour.

A total of 84 German-built wind turbine towers are being installed at the £2.6 bn Moray Firth wind farm this summer.

And the ‘Rotra Vente’ – a roll-on/roll-off cargo – is one of the fleet of vessels which has rolled up to unload its cargo of turbine parts at Nigg in the Cromarty Firth.

The ship’s cargo includes nacelles, housings for the generating components in the wind turbine.

Each nacelle weighs 370 tonnes and is driven off the cargo vessel using a multi-axle self-propelled heavy lift vehicle.

The heavy lift ship 'Stanislav Yudin' at Cromarty Forth port
The heavy lift ship ‘Stanislav Yudin’ at Cromarty Forth port

Other ships involved in the construction work have included the Stanislav Yudin, which has a 2,500-tonne, 360-ft revolving crane.

Once completed, Beatrice – which is part owned by Pearth-based SSE – is expected to be capable of providing enough electricity for up to 450,000 homes.

3 Aug 2018

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