Blue Tern to support jacket installation campaign on Neart na Goithe
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has won a contract with jack-up installation vessel the Blue Tern for supporting the jacket installation campaign on the Neart na Goithe (NnG) offshore wind farm. The contract is included in FOWIC’s disclosed total backlog with a value of approximately EUR 355 million.
Blue Tern will support the jacket installation campaign by doing drilling and possibly piling works. In early May of 2022, Saipem started mobilisation work on the Blue Tern in Esbjerg. After this, she will transit to Blyth to start the work on NnG. Back in late February, Blue Tern left Fayard in Demnark where she underwent upgrade work and then went straight on to the Kaskasi project off the coast of the German Island Helgoland.
A spokesperson for NnG said: “We are delighted to have FOWIC and the Blue Tern engaged in what will be an exciting phase in the development of NnG. The Blue Tern is a fantastic asset, and we look forward to seeing her utilised in support of the jacket installation works.”
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier says: “We are pleased to have been awarded the extra work on NnG and we look forward to working with them to safely deliver on this project”.
About Neart na Gaoithe (NnG)
Neart na Gaoithe means ‘strength of the wind’. NnG is a key UK offshore wind farm project and, with up to £1.8billion invested in its infrastructure, will have a major positive impact on the Scottish economy. NnG is located off the east coast of Scotland, 15.5 km off the Fife coast and covers an area of approximately 105 km2. EDF Renewables acquired NnG in 2018 and in 2019 sold a 50% stake to leading Irish Energy Company, ESB.
About EDF Renewables in the United Kingdom
EDF Renewables UK and Ireland (www.edf-re.uk) is a subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of the world’s largest low carbon electricity companies, and our investment and innovation is reducing costs for consumers and bringing significant benefits for communities. With our operating portfolio of 36 renewable energy sites including battery, onshore and offshore wind (together totalling 1 GW) we are providing much needed affordable, low carbon electricity. We have an expanding portfolio with almost 5 GW of projects in planning and development, including wind, battery and solar PV. Find out more at www.edf-re.uk
ESB operates across the electricity market on the island of Ireland: from generation, through transmission and distribution to the supply of customers with an expanding presence across Great Britain. In 2017 ESB opened an office in Glasgow to spearhead further development of renewables, in particular onshore and offshore wind, across Scotland. ESB is the owner of the distribution and transmission networks in the Republic of Ireland (via ESB Networks) and Northern Ireland (via Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd). In 2017, the company had a 42% share of generation in the all-island market (via Generation and Wholesale Markets) and a 34% share of electricity supply in the all-island market (via Electric Ireland) with 1.4 million customer accounts.