MORL – Moray Firth Offshore Wind Farms 1500 MW – UK - Project Profile
- March 2018 •
- 11 pages •
- Report ID: 4530703
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Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL), a joint venture of EDP Renováveis (EDPR) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (Repsol), are planning to undertake the Wind Farms project in Buckie, the UK.
The project involves the construction of a 1,500MW capacity offshore wind farms in two phases.
The first phase is known as the Eastern Development Area (EDA) includes the development of 1,116MW offshore wind farms at three sites namely Telford, Stevenson and MacColl each with a maximum generating capacity of 372MW, and the installation of up to 62 wind turbines ranging from 6MW to 8MW capacity.
The second phase of Zone will be the development of the Western Development Area (WDA), the scope of which is yet to be revealed.
It includes the installation of wind turbines rated between 3.6MW and 8MW, Seabed foundations and substructures and Inter Array Cabling operating between 33KV and 66KVAC.
The Transmission Infrastructure includes construction of six offshore substation platforms and two AC to DC converter offshore substation platforms, and installation of cabling between offshore platforms, export cable from offshore converter platform to onshore substation and cabling between the onshore substation and an onshore collector station.
In January 2010, Moray Offshore Renewables has been awarded a Zone Development Agreement for Zone One of their third Round of offshore wind licensing. The project faced vocal opposition from campaigners due to environmental concerns.
Moray Offshore Renewables has set up three separate ‘Special Purpose Vehicles’ (SPVs) to consent, construct, operate and maintain wind farms on each site namely, Telford Offshore Wind Farm Ltd for Telford site, Stevenson Offshore Wind Farm Ltd for Stevenson site and MacColl Offshore Wind Farm Ltd for MacColl site.
GeoSea has been appointed as Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) for 100 wind turbine foundations and three offshore substation foundations.
In August 2012, the three SPVs submitted the applications to Marine Scotland for an approval to develop the wind farms at each site.
ABP Marine Environment Research Ltd, Anatec Ltd, Brown & May Marine Ltd and RPS has been appointed as study consultants and Drace Infraestructuras as study (meteorological mast) consultant.
SgurrEnergy has been appointed as an engineering consultant and KIS-ORCA as a surveyor.
On March 19, 2014, Scottish Government approved the first phase of the project for developing 1,116MW of offshore wind farms.
In September 2014, RES Offshore was selected to provide management contractor services for the first phase. RES Offshore’s expertise will contribute to ongoing front-end engineering design (FEED) and procurement processes as the project progresses towards final investment decision, with the experienced team providing specialist engineering and project management services.
In October 2015, the developer China Three Gorges acquired a 30% stake in the 1.1GW Moray Firth offshore project.
The last Contracts for Difference (CfD) bidding auction held in 2014 the Moray Offshore was unsuccessful and, since the Conservatives returned to power in May 2015, no further auctions have been held until January 2016.
As consent to build the Moray project will expire if construction has not started by March 2019.
In June 2016, EDPR is in negotiations with the government for Contract for Difference (CfD) and the company awaits an announcement of the government’s next CfD auction.
As of July 2017, Engie has acquired 23% stake in the project from EDPR. Engie will participate in the investment, development, and operation of the wind project.
On September 11, 2017, EDPR and Engie was awarded 15-year CfD for the delivery of 950 MW.
In October 2017, Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (Boskalis) subsidiary VBMS was signed a Preferred bidder agreement for the supply and installation inter-array cables and scope of work includes burial termination and testing of capacity 100 66kV.
In October 2017, GeoSea signed an agreement with MORL for the supply and installation of turbine and substation foundations, transport and installation of offshore substation platforms for the 950MW.
In November 2017, MORL and Siemens were signed a contract for design, supply, construction, and installation of the onshore substation and scope of work includes 30km of onshore underground export cable and three offshore substations including the topside structures.
NKT has signed a cables supply contract for delivery and installation of export cable systems for the project.
In December 2017, MORL filed an application to use of higher rated wind turbines (up to 10 MW) for each of the Telford, Stevenson and MacColl Offshore Wind Farms with no amendment to the turbine physical parameters and, a variation of the maximum capacity from 372MW to 500MW for the MacColl Offshore Wind Farm.
MORL awaiting approvals. Construction works are expected to completed by 2022.
The project involves construction of 1,500MW offshore wind farms in Buckie, the UK.
The US$7,550 million project includes the following:
1. Development of 1,116MW offshore wind farms under Phase one
2. Development of offshore wind farm under second phase
A. Offshore Generation Infrastructure:
1. Installation of 339 wind turbines rated between 3.6MW and 8MW
2. Installation of Seabed foundations and substructures
3. Installation of Inter Array Cabling operating between 33kV and 66kv AC
B. Transmission Infrastructure:
1. Construction of six offshore substation platforms
2. Construction of two AC to DC converter offshore substation platforms
3. Installation of Cabling between the offshore platforms
4. Installation of export cable from offshore convertor platform to onshore substation
5. Installation of cabling between onshore substation and an onshore collector station
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