A mammoth wind farm project set to bring a number of exciting business opportunities to the north-east begins construction today.
The multi-billion Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project will kick into life almost a year ahead of schedule from its operations and maintenance centre at Fraserburgh Harbour.
It is hoped that it will bring a significant jobs boost for the area.
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse last year described the project as a “gilt-edged opportunity” for the Fraserburgh port.
Granted consent in 2014, the 100-turbine wind farm will be built in partnership between four foreign wind developers.
The project is 33.3% owned by EDP Renewables, Mistubishi subsidiary DGE holds 33.4%, French firm Engie holds 23.3% and the remaining 10% stake is owned by China Three Gorges.
The Moray Firth wind developers also revealed earlier this year that the wind farm will be able to “meet the needs of 40% of Scotland’s households”.
The development is expected to power more than 950,00 homes.
It was originally expected to begin construction work in 2021.
In December 2018 it was announced Dubai-headquartered Lamprell had won a £160m deal to construct 45 jackets for the 100-turbine wind farm, which is being built under a partnership between Spanish-owned EDP Renewables and France’s Engie.
A separate £217m deal for a further 55 jackets, was awarded to Belgian firm Smulders, who will operate the contract as a joint venture with offshore procurement firm GeoSea.