Fraserburgh Offshore Windfarm plans revealed

When completed, Moray Offshore East will be a 950MW offshore windfarm located in the Outer Moray Firth Photo: Moray Offshore East Ltd When completed, Moray Offshore East will be a 950MW offshore windfarm located in the Outer Moray Firth Photo: Moray Offshore East Ltd

The company behind Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd has announced proposals for the construction of the windfarm’s operations and maintenance base at Fraserburgh Harbour.

A briefing about the new facility, Moray East, which will be the principal onshore base for the operation and maintenance of the windfarm, was given to UK Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

“We look forward to collaborative working to investigate the economic benefit the project will afford to Fraserburgh and the wider area both in creating year round local jobs and the opportunities available to the local supply chain,” said Michael Murray, Harbour Convener.

“Offshore wind offers clean energy as well as economic and environmental benefits that align with Fraserburgh Harbours vision for the future.  Fraserburgh Harbour is steeped in maritime tradition and innovation, with this project our region has the opportunity to be a leader in this sector.”

Principle base

Fraserburgh Harbour will host the construction of a new two-story facility on the quayside and the harbour will become the principle port for the vessels, permanently located in the Moray Firth,  which will undertake operations and maintenance work throughout  the lifetime of the windfarm.

Moray East has signed an options agreement with Fraserburgh Harbour to secure the necessary land on which to construct the quayside O&M buildings and facilities.

When completed, Moray Offshore East will be a 950MW offshore windfarm located in the Outer Moray Firth, 40km from the North East Coast of Scotland.

MHI Vestas has been commissioned to supply and install 100 V164-9.5MW offshore wind turbine generators and undertake maintenance activities.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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