PSG Marine & Logistics, a leading marine and logistical support services provider based in Invergordon, has recently secured an offshore windfarm staging contract from Dutch dredging and offshore contractor company Boskalis.
Work has begun on the Port of Cromarty Firth, where PSG is undertaking the onshore handling and loadout of mooring equipment destined for the Kincardine Offshore Floating Wind Farm project off the coast of Aberdeen.
PSG Marine & Logistics are experienced in the supply of logistical support services, port agency and marine logistics solutions to vessels engaged in a wide variety of oil & gas, renewable and decommissioning activities. From its deepwater support facility in Invergordon, the firm specialises in planning, engineering and executing complex heavy lift and transport projects for a diverse range of industries.
The project’s scope includes the heavy lift and transport of over 2000 Te of anchor chain, 180 clump weights and 15 drag anchors. As with all technically demanding projects of this nature, PSG’s engineering team are working to deliver all heavy lift and transport services with the utmost adherence to client specification and safety procedures.
Steve Clark, MD of PSG Marine & Logistics stated:
PSG has invested heavily in technologically advanced solutions, personnel and facilities, ensuring that all heavy lift and transport services provided remain scaleable and compliant with the increasing demands of the offshore and renewables sectors.
A full range of state-of-the-art quayside support, heavy lift and transportation equipment are being utilised as part of the offshore wind port marshalling project, including heavy lift cranes with up to 500Te capacity. A skilled team of support personnel specialising in heavy transport, lifting and engineering will facilitate the project.
Multi-purpose offshore construction vessel “Boka Falcon” will then transport the loaded equipment to the site of the Kincardine Wind Farm Project.
The Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm project is being developed approximately 15km from the coastline of Aberdeen, and will be comprised of one 2MW MHI Vestas turbine as well as five 9.5 MW MHI Vestas turbines, each installed on triangular semi-submersible foundations. Once completed, Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm will be the world’s largest floating wind farm project with a nominal capacity of 50MW. This project will be the first in the world to use floating wind turbines of over 9MW capacity.
The project is currently on track to be completed and fully operational by the end of 2020, at which point it will generate up to 218GWh of green energy per year, enough to supply power to around 55,000 households.
Boskalis, which conducts major marine projects in over 90 countries, is supporting the installation of the first semi-submersible floating turbines in the North Sea.
Previously the Dutch firm has supported turbine installation at the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, where major innovations in suction bucket foundation installation technology were implemented for the first time.
The floating wind farm market is set to continue to grow for many years, aided in part by the versatility of the technology and the ability to deploy installations at shallower water depths.