Installation engineer for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm development, Alistair Leighton, explains the journey taken by the suction bucket jackets from yard to installation within Aberdeen Bay.
Earlier this week, the giant Asian Hercules crane vessel installed the first turbine foundation for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.
The vessel is one of the largest cranes of its kind in the world, weighing 25,000 tonnes and with a lift capacity of 5,000 tonnes.
On Monday, it lifted the 1,800-tonne steel jacket foundation into place off the coast of Aberdeen.
The windfarm, otherwise known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), will trial next generation technology and, once constructed, will generate the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand and annually displace 132,977 tonnes of CO2.