Plans finalised for Seagreen base

Montrose Port Authority and SSE Renewables have finalised plans for the operations and maintenance base for the Seagreen offshore wind farm.

SSE Renewables, which is leading the development and construction of the wind farm, announced last October that it had selected Montrose Port as the home for the operations and maintenance base for the 114-turbine development, bringing investment and jobs to the local area for the 25-year life of the project.

Since then, work has been underway to agree plans for the base at the Port’s South Quay which include an operations building, repurposed warehouse, communications tower, and a pontoon for crew transfer vessels travelling to the Seagreen site offshore.


Following initial concerns raised by port users including Ferryden fishermen as well as local residents about the design of the floating pontoon, SSE Renewables and Montrose Port Authority have been working closely to redraw the pontoon layout. As a result, a new design for the pontoon has been published, in agreement with port users and residents, which will see the pontoon located alongside Berth 5 in order to address those initial concerns.

The publication of the new design layout will allow construction work on the operations and maintenance base to commence in Autumn 2020. Construction is expected to last around 12 months with the base due to be completed by late 2021.


Chief Executive of MPA Captain Tom Hutchison said: “As a Trust Port we have a duty of care to all our stakeholders to ensure that we operate in a fair and transparent manner for everybody’s benefit. We listened to the concerns put forward about the original pontoon design and after working collaboratively with all parties involved have come up with a working solution.


“The Seagreen project is of huge importance to the local economy and will create a significant number of jobs here in Montrose and the wider area. We are delighted that this phase of the development has been agreed and look forward to construction work getting underway shortly.”


Andy Kay, Seagreens Operations & Maintenance Package Manager, said: “The Operations and Maintenance base at Montrose Port will play an important role in the day-to-day running of Seagreen and we’re pleased to confirm that we have finalised plans for this.


“Seagreen represents one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Scotland and will support a significant number of jobs during construction and throughout its operational life.


“Maintenance activities will be overseen from Montrose Port by our team to ensure the project is able to deliver clean, renewable energy reliably and safely on a day-to-day basis.”


The
Seagreen offshore wind farm is a 1,075 MW project, located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. It will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland and Phase One is expected to provide low carbon energy for around one million homes.

In September 2019, Seagreen secured a 15-year CfD contract awarded by the UK government. SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the first 1,140 MW phase, supported by Total, and will operate the asset on completion, which is expected in 2022/23. The project will feature 114 MHI Vestas
V164-10 MW turbines.

SSE Renewables
recently announced the final investment decision (FID) for the 1,075 MW Seagreen 1 offshore wind development, alongside an agreement to sell a 51% stake in Seagreen 1 to Total SA.

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