Collet & Sons delivers two 180-ton transformers for Neart na Gaoithe OWF

Collett & Sons delivers two 180-ton transformers for Neart na Gaoithe OWF

The abnormal loads specialist Collett & Sons continued its involvement in the the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm project, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB. In its recent delivery, Collet & Sons delivered two 180-tonne super grid transformers from the Port of Sunderland to Torness Nuclear Power Station.

The company chartered Robert Wynn & Sons’s vessel Terra Marique to deliver the two units to the Torness power station’s berth ahead of unloading on to ground transportation on Collett & Sons’ heavy-duty vehicles.

The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm will be located 15.5 kilometres off the Fife coast and covers an area of approximately 105 square kilometres. EDF Renewables UK acquired the project in May 2018 as part of a competitive bidding process. ESB purchased a 50 percent stake in the project in November 2019.

Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind project cargo unload
Project cargo: Neart na Gaoithe (NnG)

NnG has the potential to generate 450 MW of renewable energy, which is enough power to supply around 375,000 Scottish homes – and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Construction of NnG started onshore in November 2019 while work offshore got underway in August 2020. Full commissioning is expected to be completed in 2023.

Earlier this year, Collett took two 160-ton shunt reactors on a 5,000-mile journey to the onshore substation site of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project. The company was contracted with the full scope of work providing a door-to-door service, including the project management, engineering and the transport of the two shunt reactors.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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