Fred. Olsen Windcarrier awarded installation contract


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract by EDF renewables (EDF) for the transport and installation of 54 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines for the Neart na Goithe (NnG) offshore wind farm 15.5 kilometers off the Fife coast, east of Scotland. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilize one of its vessels for the project, which starts in the spring of 2022.

EDF is a large French utility and a leading player within offshore wind with the mission to deliver renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future. This project demonstrates EDF Group’s strong ambition in being a leading global player in the offshore wind industry. EDF acquired NnG in 2018.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Blue Tern is in the foreground, and Brave Tern is in the background. (Courtesy: Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Mineev Aleksandr)

“This is our first direct contract with EDF, and we are extremely pleased with this major contract award,” said Guillaume Bonnesoeur, Commercial Manager at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “We look very much forward to partnering up with EDF by sharing the challenges and shouldering the responsibilities. The turbines to be installed will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) — our reliable partner in many previous projects. This contract with EDF cements our leading position in the offshore wind-turbine installation industry, and we look forward to working with them to safely deliver on this project.”

“We are excited to get work under way with our contractors and all Scottish companies and stakeholders participating in the project,” said Matthieu Hue, CEO at EDF Renewables. “The 450-MW NnG project will play an important role in de-carbonizing the U.K. electricity system and is a further example of EDF Renewables’ continuous investment and growth in Scotland.”

NnG will consist of 54 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines with the potential to generate 450 MW of renewable energy. Installation will be in Scotland on a site with large water depths. When fully operational, it will generate enough electricity to power over 375,000 households. Load-out port is Dundee in the U.K.