ScottishPower Renewables has put in the primary two jacket foundations for the Â£2.5bn East Anglia One offshore windfarm within the North Sea.
The windfarm is situated 50km from the coast of Lowestoft in England and can comprise 102 Siemens generators and foundations, every rated at 7 MW, which is able to give an total capability of as much as 714 MW.
Main contractor Van Oord used a purpose-built vessel to raise the 840 tonne metal jacket foundations, that are 65 metres tall and can ultimately help the tower, blades and nacelle of the wind generators.
Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables Project Director for East Anglia ONE, stated: “It is a vastly spectacular feat of engineering to raise practically 900 tonnes of metal and place it with pinpoint precision in to the North Sea.
“It is a big milestone for the mission. This is likely one of the largest offshore windfarms ever to be constructed and good progress is being made in all areas. As nicely because the exercise offshore, our onshore substation and underground cable route can be taking form.”
The first generators are as a consequence of be put in in 2019 and the mission is scheduled to be totally operational in 2020.
An offshore substation platform and foundations are being constructed to gather the electrical energy from the generators, whereas two seabed export cables, every round 73 km in size, will switch the electrical energy to shore.
A landfall website with onshore transition pits is required to attach the offshore and onshore cables. Underground cables shall be used to switch the electrical energy and these shall be laid to a brand new onshore converter station.