Sarens PSG has been granted a contract by the Moray West offshore wind farm project to manage the transportation of 62 extra-large (XXL) monopiles at Invergordon Port in Scotland. The transportation will be facilitated by Sarens PSG SPMTs, which will unload and transport the monopiles as they arrive in Invergordon during mid-2023, with the preparation work continuing for several months in advance of installation at the offshore wind farm. These monopiles are the largest and heaviest to be handled in the UK, with each one weighing almost 2,000 tonnes.
Sarens PSG, a joint venture between Sarens and PSG Marine & Logistics, was created in the summer of 2022 and is based at Invergordon Service Base. The joint venture is strategically located to serve future customers in the fixed and floating offshore wind market and is offering heavy lift design, implementation, and transport and logistics services to customers across Scotland, beginning with the Moray West project.
“We are delighted that the capabilities of the Sarens PSG joint venture have enhanced the offering to meet the needs of Moray West,” said Pete Geddes, EPC Director for Ocean Winds in the UK with responsibility for Moray West. “Handling the XXL monopiles will be a first. The track record of Sarens and PSG, together with their large fleet of SPMTs, provided key confidence to make this selection.”
“The combination of strategically located deep-water heavy lift quaysides and vast adjacent laydown, combined with Sarens PSG’s heavy lift and transport experience, engineering capacities, and market-leading equipment provision makes Invergordon and Sarens PSG the ideal and compelling choice for the project,” said Steve Clark, Managing Director at Sarens PSG. “We are delighted to be supporting the Moray West project team as they move into the offshore construction phase.”
The Moray West project is situated on Moray Firth, a North Sea inlet approximately 22 kilometres from the coast of Scotland, and has been developed by Ocean Winds. Upon completion, it will have 60 SG 14-222 DD Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a combined installed capacity of 882MW. Following the completion of the Moray East offshore wind farm, which features 100 9.5MW wind turbines and is now fully operational, the development of Moray West has been initiated.