Moray Offshore Renewable Power
Moray East Selects Boskalis subsidiary VBMS As Preferred Bidder for 950MW Offshore Windfarm
Edinburgh, 26 October 2017
Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd (known as ‘Moray East’) is pleased to announce that Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (Boskalis) subsidiary VBMS has signed a Preferred bidder agreement for the supply and installation inter array cables for the Moray East offshore windfarm.
The project scope includes the supply, installation, burial termination and testing of ca. 100 66kV inter array cables. The contract award is subject to financial close which is expected to take place in the second half of 2018.
Moray Offshore Windfarm East is a joint venture company owned by EDP Renewables (77pc) and ENGIE (23pc). The project was recently awarded a £57.50/MWhr contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK Government.
Oscar Diaz, Project Director of Moray East said:
“This announcement marks another major milestone for Moray East. Advances in technology have enabled us to develop a project capable of delivering power at less than half the cost of similar projects being delivered today.
“Co-operation with our supply chain has been vital to deliver cost reductions through optimising technology such as this vital aspect of the project, and we look forward to working with VBMS through project delivery.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- About Moray East
Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd (known as ‘Moray East’) is a joint venture company owned by EDPR (77pc) and ENGIE (23pc).
2010 – project development commenced when development rights were won in the UK’s 3rd round of offshore wind licencing. The Moray Firth Zone (Zone 1) was split into two, to enable Moray East to be developed ahead of Moray West, as there were constraints in the west of the zone. (Constraints in the west eased, and development of Moray West commenced in 2016).
2014 – planning consent was awarded by the Scottish Government (offshore works) and Aberdeenshire Council (onshore works)
2017 – A 950MW Contract for Difference (CfD) was won in the UK Government’s 2nd competitive CfD auction. The CfD provides a contract for electricity for 15 years at £57.50/MWhr – the lowest price for renewable energy delivered through the auction process.
- Capacity: 950MW
- Location: UK, 22km from North East coast
- Turbines: V164 – 9.5MW
- Power for average requirements of ca. 950, 000 UK homes
- About VBMS
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as salvage solutions (SMIT Salvage). Furthermore, Boskalis has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Kotug Smit Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 11,700 employees, including associated companies, Boskalis operates in 90 countries across six continents.
- About EDP Renewables (EDPR)
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years. For further information, visit www.edpr.com.
- About ENGIE
ENGIE is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonized, decentralized and digitalized. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation, in particular from natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). Innovation, digital solutions and customer satisfaction are the guiding principles of ENGIE’s development.
ENGIE is active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris – World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).
In the UK, ENGIE is a leading energy and services Group employing 17,000 people across three main areas: generation and supply of energy, management of facilities and regeneration of places and communities. For further information, visit www.engie.com