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DEME Offshore Awarded Major EPCI Cable Contract in Scotland

DEME Offshore has been awarded a major EPCI contract for the inter-array and interconnector cables at the Neart na Gaoithe offshore windfarm in Scotland. The scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the subsea cables for the 450MW capacity wind farm, with execution in 2021.

The 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore windfarm, owned by EDF Renewables UK, will be located 15.5km off the east coast of Fife in Scotland and covers an area of approximately 105km2. Water depths for the installation range between 45 and 55m.

The layout shall include 54 8MW wind turbine generators (WTG), distributed across 12 array strings, each connected via dedicated 66kV inter-array cables. The six array loops will be connected to the two Offshore Substations (OSS), with three array loops to each OSS and an interconnector between the OSSs.

Engineering activities have already kicked off in order to meet the required project milestones.

The project has the potential to generate 450MW of renewable energy, which is enough power to supply around 375,000 Scottish homes – more than the whole of Edinburgh, and will offset over 400,000t of CO2 emissions each year.

“We are honoured and delighted to be awarded this EPCI contract in Scotland, and to contribute to the country’s continuous drive and growth towards its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045,” says Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore. “This project further allows DEME Offshore to demonstrate our willingness and capability to assist our clients in achieving innovative solutions, with quick turnaround – something which was of the utmost importance throughout the initial concept and design stages through to final contract signing. The capabilities and capacity of our innovative cable lay vessel Living Stone has been specially designed to adapt to the requirements of any offshore cable project, ensure flexibility within the field and a guarantee to the meeting of specific project milestones, which has been key to EDF Renewables UK.”