Dutch dredging and heavylift company Royal Boskalis Westminster has signed a pre-construction agreement (PCA) with Inch Cape Offshore (ICOL), a subsidiary of Red Rock Power, for the Inch Cape offshore wind farm project off Scottish coast.
The project scope includes the transportation and installation of the wind turbine foundations, the offshore substation and cables.
The contract will be awarded subject to a successful bid by ICOL in the next UK Contracts for Difference auction in mid-2019 and financial close in the second half of 2020.
The contract is expected to be worth more than €200m, excluding procurement.
Over the coming months, Boskalis will assist with the engineering and design of the project and during this period, the final size of the contract, including the cost associated with the supply of the wind turbine foundations and inter-array cables, will be determined.
In addition to the transportation and installation of the offshore substation, the agreement includes the engineering, supply, transportation and installation of up to 72 pre-piled jacket foundations and up to 84 inter-array cables.
The company will deploy Bokalift 1 crane vessel for the transportation and installation of the foundations, offshore substation foundation, sub-structure and topside.
In consortium with NKT, Boskalis will also supply and install two export cables of 85km each, connecting the offshore substation to the mainland.
The wind farm will be located in the North Sea, 15km off the Angus Coast in the East of Scotland.
Boskalis intends to maximise UK local content for its work for the project, which is scheduled to be executed in 2021-2022 to enable Inch Cape to meet the CfD 3 delivery windows between 2023 and 2025.
The company’s strategy is to benefit from key macro-economic factors – expansion of the global economy, increase in energy consumption, global population growth and the challenges in climate change – that drive global demand in its markets.
The project is related to the development of generating renewable energy due to climate change and increasing energy consumption.
Royal Boskalis Westminster provides services in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors.
Image: Boskalis signs PCA for Scottish offshore wind farm project. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.