Moray Firth

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm

April saw the Beatrice project begin offshore construction in the Outer Moray Firth. A Seaway Heavy Lifting construction vessel moved in to position and began work on the installation of the first cluster of four piles on the evening of Sunday 2 April.

Offshore construction of the Beatrice project falls under the remit of Seaway Heavy Lifting, who have mobilised their Stanislav Yudin vessel for the piling phase of the works. These piles, which are manufactured by Fife based BiFab at their Arnish (Isle of Lewis) facility, will provide the foundations for the two Offshore Transformer Modules which will sit within the wind farm boundary.

To ensure accurate placement of the piles, a Pile Installation Frame was manufactured which weighs around 700 tonnes. The Pile Installation Frame is located at the position of a wind turbine and, once level on the seabed, each of the piles was then placed into position and hammered to the correct depth.

The Stanislav Yudin and her support vessels will repeat the process at each of the 84 turbine locations which is hoped, weather permitting, to be complete around the end of 2017.

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