The assembly of the offshore substation platform and jacket foundation for the 1.1 gigawatt Inch Cape Offshore Wind project has commenced at the Smulders yard in Wallsend, Newcastle.
A consortium led by Siemens Energy and Iemants, a Smulders subsidiary, is overseeing the delivery of the offshore substation for this Scottish initiative situated 15 kilometers off the Angus coast. Siemens Energy is also tasked with designing and constructing the onshore substation in Cockenzie, East Lothian.
The Wallsend yard activities encompass the fit-out and assembly of the platform, utilizing Siemens Energy’s Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) technology, and the jacket foundation. Over 250 local employees will contribute to the 18-month project, with sea transportation for installation at the wind farm site anticipated in 2025.
Work has already commenced on Inch Cape’s 2.6-hectare onshore substation, located at the former Cockenzie Power Station site and in close proximity to the existing transmission network connection. Inch Cape Offshore Wind Limited, jointly owned by Red Rock Power and ESB, holds ownership of the Inch Cape project.