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Red Rock Power and ESB have appointed a Siemens Energy-Iemants consortium to deliver the onshore and offshore substation package for for the 1100MW Inch Cape offshore wind farm off Scotland.
Siemens Energy will design and build the onshore substation, which will be sited at the former power station site at Cockenzie, East Lothian, in Scotland.
Early onsite works are expected to commence early 2023 following engagement with the local supply chain.
Siemens Energy and Iemants will supply the wind farm’s offshore substation platform, using Siemens Energy’s Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) technology.
Fit-out and assembly of the OTM and its jacket foundation will take place at the Smulders yard in Wallsend, Newcastle in north-east England (pictured).
Inch Cape project director Adam Ezzamel said: “The substation package is a critical element of the project and we’re looking forward to working with Siemens Energy and Iemants following their selection.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the project ahead of the CfD results next week.”
Mark Pilling, vice president HV grids at Siemens Energy, said: “The award of this contract is another step towards the UK achieving its target of 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.
“I’m incredibly proud of Siemens Energy and our partner Iemants.
“It is important that we support our customers by building innovative infrastructure that enables clean energy to be delivered to our homes and businesses across the country.
“Siemens Energy has a strong record of delivering offshore wind farm projects in Scotland and we will be actively working with Iemants and Inch Cape Offshore Limited to engage with the local supply chain on potential contract opportunities.”
Inch Cape is a 50:50 joint venture between ESB and Red Rock Power.