The partners behind the pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre – dogged by Donald Trump’s unsuccessful legal battles – have now appointed key suppliers for the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay.
Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL) has named the three tier one preferred suppliers – MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, J. Murphy & Sons Limited and Boskalis.
MHI Vestas will supply the V164-8.0 MW turbines while Boskalis is the preferred offshore balance of plant (BoP) contractor for the construction and installation of the offshore infrastructure including the foundations and cabling.
Engineering and infrastructure specialist Murphy has been named as preferred bidder to provide the onshore substation and associated cabling work.
Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – the partners behind AOWF – said the appointments keep the scheme on schedule ahead of an investment decision later this year and for operations to start in 2018.
The project will have an installed capacity of up to 100-MW – generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households a year.
Adam Ezzamel, project director for the EOWDC at Vattenfall, said: “The first stage of the procurement process opens up the wider business opportunities that the EOWDC offers with the project partners aiming to maximise project supply chain content in the Aberdeen area, Scotland and the wider UK.
“Part of this vision for the EOWDC includes installing game-changing suction bucket jacket foundations.”
Aberdeen City Councillor Jean Morrison, who is Chairman of AREG, said: ““There will also be spin-out opportunities for the supply chain as well as jobs and economic benefit.
“Last month, the project partners attracted more than 100 members of the business community from across the North East and Scotland at a networking event in Aberdeen – a very strong indication that businesses recognise the opportunities that the project will bring to the region.”