- Dutch supplier will transport and install the wind turbine foundations, offshore substation and inter-array cables
- Inch Cape and Boskalis will work collaboratively with UK and Scottish tier two and three suppliers wherever possible to complete the project
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) has signed a Pre-Construction Agreement (PCA) with Boskalis to deliver key elements of the project’s marine package. ICOL and Boskalis will work collaboratively with smaller tier two and three local suppliers to provide the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of wind turbine substructures and inter-array cables, as well as transportation and installation of the offshore substation.
The news follows ICOL’s announcement of its Export Cable package in November last year, which also boasts Boskalis as a preferred supplier for the installation elements of work. The wind developer held two successful and notably fully booked supply chain events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh in December, which brought together Scottish and UK businesses eager to secure opportunities across different elements of the project and raise their profile within the renewables industry.
Ian Johnson, ICOL Project Manager, said: “Boskalis’ wealth of experience within the offshore wind industry was a key factor in our decision. The reputation and high standards of our main contractors, as well as the smaller suppliers procured to help deliver each package, is a priority for the project. We thank the Boskalis team for their support in informing our supply chain events and look forward to working with them to deliver a successful CfD bid.”
Key products and services required by the marine package vary from the fabrication of wind turbine jackets and piles to the supply of array cable testing services and protection systems.
Ian added: “We expect to deliver a significant proportion of the development using Scottish and UK suppliers. The high turn-out at our supply chain events is a strong indication of the level of importance the Inch Cape project will have on the renewable, and indeed oil and gas, service industry as well as the wider economy. Boskalis’ recent expansion efforts in Scotland and its increased offering in the North Sea market, further supports the project’s commitment to working with local firms.”
Marcel van Bergen, Director Boskalis Offshore Wind, said: “The Inch Cape offshore wind farm is set to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK over the next ten years and we’re thrilled to have been chosen to help deliver a key package of the development. We look forward to engaging with local businesses who will help us achieve this.”