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Turbine Foundations at Nigg

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Foundations (also known as jackets) for what will be Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm Seagreen are pictured here at the marshalling port in Nigg before beginning their journey out into the North Sea – where they’ll support the generation of enough clean, green electricity for 1.6 homes, equivalent to two-thirds of all Scottish homes.

The foundations, are 95m tall and weigh 2,000 tonnes each, are the bases on which the 114 Vestas turbines will sit. Seagreen will be the deepest fixed-bottom wind farm in the world when it is complete

Seagreen is a joint venture with TotalEnergies and is being developed as part of Perth Headquartered SSE’s plans to invest £24bn in Great Britain’s electricity infrastructure system.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE Chief Executive said:

“This is a great example of how SSE is getting on with delivering a future UK energy system that will be cheaper, cleaner and more secure. We are on track to invest £24bn in communities across Great Britain this decade, playing a key role in maintaining the UK’s global leadership in clean energy and ensuring homegrown energy benefits consumers and communities up and down the country.”

“The Group’s operations stretch from renewables to regulated electricity networks, and hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and hydro-electric power developments.

“As well as Seagreen, SSE is also building the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank; and what will be one of Europe’s most productive onshore wind farms, Viking, on Shetland, as it steps-up efforts to radically increase its renewables capacity, with a fivefold increase in output by 2031.”

The Seagreen foundation are being transported by main contractor Seaway 7 on barges from Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg in the Highlands of Scotland.

SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the project, supported by TotalEnergies, and will operate Seagreen on completion.

The overall turbine foundations installation campaign is supporting over 140 skilled jobs at Port of Nigg, delivering a green jobs boost and significant economic benefit to the Highlands and Scotland.


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