Siemens Energy-Iemants consortium has been chosen by Red Rock Power and ESB to provide the onshore and offshore substation package for the 1100MW Inch Cape offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
The onshore substation will be designed and constructed by Siemens Energy, and it will be located at the site of a decommissioned power plant in Cockenzie, East Lothian, Scotland.
After engaging with the local supply chain, early onsite construction is anticipated to begin in early 2023.
Using the Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) technology from Siemens Energy, Iemants and Siemens Energy will provide the offshore substation platform for the wind farm.
The OTM and its jacket base will be outfitted and put together at the Smulders yard in Wallsend, Newcastle in north-east England.
Adam Ezzamel, Inch Cape project director, 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 joint venture (50:50) between ESB and Red Rock Power.