Marshalling operations for wind turbine components are underway at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool for the Seagreen offshore wind farm. In the last few weeks, SSE Renewables and joint-venture partner TotalEnergies announced that the installation of turbine foundations has commenced. It can now be revealed that the delivery of components for the projects Vestas V164-10.0 MW turbines, including blades, nacelles, and the supporting towers to Vestas’ base in the North-East of England is well underway. When in full production, the Able Seaton site is expected to support approximately 100 full time employees, including technicians for the installation of the wind turbines, crane personnel, supervisors, quality inspectors, warehouse workers and other staff. The campaign to fit the turbine components at Seagreen is expected to commence in late 2021 and will run in tandem with the continuing campaign to install the turbine foundations, also known as jackets. First power is expected in spring 2022, with the 114-turbine wind farm expected to be fully commissioned in 2023. Earlier this year, Vestas announced that 87% of the V164 blades would be manufactured in the UK. Of the 114 blade sets to be installed at the Seagreen project, 99 blade sets, or 297 blades in total, are being produced domestically. Production for the Seagreen project is taking place at the company’s Isle of Wight facility. Allan Birk Wisby, Project Director at Vestas said: “Our collaboration with Able UK at the Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool for the pre-assembly scope of the Seagreen project has been truly exceptional. For a project the size of Seagreen, with technology the size of our V164-10.0 MW turbines, the pre-assembly port selection is of utmost importance and Vestas’ requirements have been well-met by Able Seaton Port. Now, Vestas is committed to delivering the Seagreen project along with SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies safely and on schedule by 2023.” John Hill, Project Director of the Seagreen Project, said: “With work on the Seagreen project now well underway, it is fantastic for us to be looking forward to a point when we will be installing the 114 turbines as site. “It is great to see the project will benefit the UK supply chain, not only at Able Seaton but in the Isle of Wight where 87% of the blades from Seagreen have been manufactured. “I look forward to seeing the first turbine installed at site in the near future.” Able UK’s Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson, said: “We have enjoyed a long and constructive relationship with Vestas culminating in today’s announcement – which, of course, is a further vote of confidence in the UK, ourselves and the Teesside supply chain. Our sustained investment means we can provide a bespoke and tailor-made solution for the Seagreen project. “This contract builds further on our growing offshore wind portfolio which began with the Hornsea One foundations (2018/19) and, more recently (September), saw the completion of the installation of the Triton Knoll turbines, also with Vestas.” The Seagreen offshore wind farm is located 27 km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth. Once constructed, the wind farm will be the largest in Scotland. It will feature 114 MHI Vestas V164-10 MW turbines and is expected to provide low carbon energy for more than 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. For more information on offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.