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Moray West wind farm unveil Siemens Energy as substation supplier


By Alan Beresford

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THE substation suppliers for a new Moray Firth wind farm have been unveiled.

Project Director for Moray West, Adam Morrison. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Project Director for Moray West, Adam Morrison. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Moray West, an 860MW offshore wind farm in the outer Moray Firth in which Ocean Winds is the majority shareholder, has selected Siemens Energy for the supply of the onshore substation.

Subject to award of a Contract for Difference in 2022 and Financial Close, the onshore substation for the wind farm will feature Siemens High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) equipment. The project design and execution will be provided from the Siemens Energy offices in Manchester, their global competence centre for all HVAC offshore wind farm grid connections.

The substation will be built at Whitehillock, near Keith in Moray and will step up the voltage from 220 to 400 kilovolts (kV). Its location has been selected to minimise environmental impact and allow connection to existing national electricity transmission system infrastructure at the neighbouring Blackhillock substation.

The Moray East substation near New Deer in Aberdeenshire was also supplied by Siemens Energy, as was much of the infrastructure at the Blackhillock substation, which is the largest in the UK.

Project Director for Moray West, Adam Morrison said: “The decision to select Siemens Energy was made after an extensive procurement process. Siemens Energy have a strong track record, including the delivery of the Moray East substation and we are delighted to work with them on the next Ocean Winds project, Moray West. Siemens Energy will deliver more world class electrical infrastructure for Moray West to ensure the project can reliably export green electricity to consumers across the UK.

Siemens Energy is committed to using local contractors and will work with the Moray West project team to maximise the potential for the regional supply chain to secure sub-contracts on this part of the overall project, including through Meet the Buyer events.”

Phil Manley, Project Director, Siemens Energy UK&I said:

“Our experience in Scotland working with local suppliers to deliver renewable and transmission projects is extensive, and we’re pleased to be able to bring this local expertise and our world-class technology, to the Moray West project.”

In October it was announced that Buckie had beaten off stiff competition to be the operations and maintenance base for the wind farm, which will comprise up to 85 turbines situated 22km off the Moray coast.


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