Keep up to date with the latest news from Forth and Tay Offshore.
You can also sign up to our mailing list.
The most momentous milestone yet in the development of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm has been reached with the installation of its first wind turbine at sea.
The turbine, with a tip height of over 200 metres was installed by Siemens Gamesa from the specialist jack-up wind turbine construction vessel, the Blue Tern, which initially placed the 87.5 metre turbine tower on its pre-installed steel jacket. This was followed by the installation of the 350 tonne nacelle, containing the turbine generator, on top of the tower. Finally, its three blades, each 81 metres in length, were bolted to the nacelle.
Once commissioned, this will be the first NnG wind turbine to generate clean, green electricity for the National Grid. Its 8MW of power will be sent via the subsea inter-array cable to its offshore substation then onwards to shore via the subsea export cable to Thorntonloch Beach, where the underground onshore export cable will transmit its power to the national grid.
The turbine’s journey to site began in the Port of Dundee when its component parts were loaded, alongside those of three further turbines, onto the Blue Tern.
NnG, which is owned by EDF Renewables UK and ESB, will ultimately supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000* homes and has a capacity of around 450MW of low carbon energy. It will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. The project will be fully operational in 2024.
For more information - https://nngoffshorewind.com/pivotal-moment-for-nng-as-first-wind-turbine-installed/
11July 2023, Montrose
The Briggs Marine Group is expanding with the opening of new office premises within the Port of Montrose on the East Coast of Scotland bringing opportunities to the local area.
The offices will be shared with Briggs’ sister company ARB WIND and will provide strategic access to the North Sea’s expanding renewable energy market which Briggs has been operating in throughout the last decade.
With the proximity of the Forth and Tay cluster of Offshore Wind Farms (including Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) and Seagreen), Briggs and ARB WIND are ideally placed to continue supporting existing customers whilst also offering strong local content options to other developers and operators based in the North Sea.
Briggs Managing Director, Collieson Briggs commented, “With Briggs’ strong track record in Port & Vessel Management and Subsea & Environmental Services, we hope to add value to the port and help boost the local supply chain. With a growing portfolio of Offshore Wind projects including Balance of Plant and Engineering Project Management services, we are pleased that we can offer first-class local content for Scotland’s offshore wind industry.”
ARB WIND’s Managing Director, Arran Bell elaborated, “In addition to Briggs comprehensive marine services offering, ARB WIND’s experience in Statutory Inspections, Maintenance Services and Construction Support has potential to bring new employment opportunities to the area.”
Tom Hutchison, Chief Executive Officer of Montrose Port Authority commented “We are delighted to welcome both Briggs Marine and ARB WIND to the Port. We have worked closely with Briggs for many years and know they will be a welcome addition to the local supply chain.”
Briggs Marine’s 50 year history has seen steady growth over the years and currently employs over 800 staff. Since joining the group in 2021, ARB WIND has been using its onshore wind experience to support the offshore wind industry.
About Briggs Marine
Briggs Marine is a leading provider of marine and environmental services, specialising in port and marine operations, subsea and environmental support and vessel charter. The family-owned and operated company has over 50 years’ experience in offering clients’ comprehensive solutions to minimise risk exposure and gain competitive edge. By leveraging its successful track record across the full spectrum of marine operations, Briggs Marine enables its customers to focus on and achieve their own strategic goals.
About ARB WIND Ltd
ARB WIND is a leading provider of inspection and O&M services in the renewable wind industry. With expertise both onshore and offshore, ARB provides a bespoke independent and impartial service package to its clients to support the continued operation of their energy assets.
A majority stake of ARB WIND was purchased by the Briggs group in 2021 which sees the ownership and support of a well-established Marine, Environmental, Subsea and Offshore Wind services company.
For more information, please contact:
Come and visit the Forth and Tay Offshore Wind cluster team on stand E6 at the Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind conference at the SEC in Glasgow. We'd love to catch up with our members, friends and colleages from across the industry. We look forward to seeing you.
Photographs from the supply chain event on the 23rd November can be found here
Many thanks to Robert Perry who was our photographer on the day - https://www.robertperry.co.uk
Pictured above - Simon Miller, Chief Revenue officer at Rovco, and Nobuyuki Takagi, Managing Director of HOM
Horizon Ocean Management (HOM) a subsidiary joint venture between Mitsui and Hokutaku (the leading turbine maintenance company in Japan) – and Rovco, a global provider of subsea robotic and hydrographic survey solutions to the offshore wind industry, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for through-life subsea asset integrity and balance of plant survey solutions for the Japanese offshore wind market.
The agreement will see both parties work together to analyse the Japanese offshore wind market and develop a better understanding of in-country demand, as well as developing asset integrity programmes of work to support the maintenance of critical infrastructure.
HOM was formed in 2021 by Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and Hokutaku, the country’s leading wind turbine maintenance company. It has already established a unique position within the supply chain of the offshore wind industry in Japan.
Rovco and HOM will enter into a joint business development agreement, with a view to strengthening commercial ties and jointly promoting new projects. They aim to build a world-class service model for subsea integrity and survey scopes across offshore wind developments in Japan.
Drawing on Rovco's reputation as a leading provider of technology-focused survey solutions to the global offshore wind sector, the collaboration provides a powerful proposition, offering through-life subsea asset integrity, 3D difference modelling assessments and critical subsea component data analysis for predictive and preventative maintenance to offshore wind projects across Japan, in the operational phase. The partnership also assists in the creation of early operation and maintenance planning regimes for clients, building upon substantial industry know-how.
Leveraging Rovco’s extensive experience gained across the UK and European sectors, the agreement will enable Japan to adopt and benefit from the lessons learned by more developed markets at an early stage. Combined with HOM’s profound understanding of the local market and regulatory requirements, the collaboration will pave the way for expansion across Japan’s coastlines.
The companies have launched a joint proposal to clients for a number of future operations and maintenance projects. The Japanese government last year unveiled ambitious plans for offshore wind expansion, including targets of 10 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and installations of a combined 30 GW to 45 GW by 2040, along with a cost reduction target by industry of 8 to 9 yen/kWh between 2030 and 2035.
Simon Miller, Chief Revenue Officer at Rovco, said: “This partnership marks a significant milestone for Rovco. The Japanese offshore wind sector is rapidly upscaling, and this is an exciting opportunity for us to work alongside Horizon Ocean Management, sharing vital insight into subsea asset integrity best practices, whilst introducing both established and emerging technologies that help capture, interpret and present key infrastructure performance against design criteria and ensuring operational uptime with overall economic benefit to our customers.”
Nobuyuki Takagi, Managing Director of HOM, commented: “The European offshore wind supply chain has a wealth of marine and subsea experience via its long history in sectors such as Oil & Gas, in order to realise our national offshore wind deployment vision, HOM believe that learning from and working with the leading companies in these more advanced markets will develop and improve Japanese competence earlier, ultimately helping to establish middle to long-term local capability. We identified Rovco as one of the most innovative subsea inspection companies and are delighted to be collaborating with them here in Japan.”