First Moray West TPs heading to Port of Nigg
Energy industry contractor Lamprell has dispatched the first batch of transition pieces for the Moray West Offshore Wind Farm. Lamprell’s newly commissioned renewables production line has produced the project cargo that sailed away on the heavy load carrier Sun Rise.
The vessel is already sailing in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal and heading to the Port of Nigg, which was selected as the project’s pre-assembly base. This project, awarded in 2022, includes constructing 62 transition pieces and the shipping of these to a marshalling harbour in the UK. Further batch deliveries will continue throughout the months ahead.
The renewables production line was built to address a need in the market for the construction of monopiles and transition pieces for wind turbines as the offshore wind sector rapidly expands. It allows for serial manufacturing, and its capabilities include automated high-capacity can rolling, welding, milling and non-destructive testing, ensuring high-precision production.
Lamprell CEO Ian Prescott commented, “I want to congratulate the project team and thank our client for their trust in Lamprell as we underwent both commissioning the renewables production line and constructing the first set of transition pieces for the Moray West offshore wind farm. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone for Lamprell and the entire renewables industry. Not only is our production line a first-of-its-kind facility in the Middle East, but the transition pieces – in terms of diameter – are a unique and original product type designed to withstand the harshest offshore conditions while maximising energy production. We could not have achieved this without the teamwork and cooperation the Moray West team provided. I am extremely proud of this achievement and look forward to successfully delivering the rest of the transition pieces throughout 2023.”
At the same time, Boskalis’ semi-submersible transport vessel White Marlin has loaded a fifth shipment of XXL monopiles for the project at the Dajin Heavy Industry facility in China. With eight of these giants on board, White Marlin is currently sailing in the Eastern China Sea.