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Sustainable engineering in practice: world’s first deepwater wind farm

We were awarded the contract to design and manage the delivery of the turbines for the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator project, the world’s first deepwater wind farm, and a collaborative venture between industry, academia and the UK Government.

The Beatrice Wind Farm demonstrator project was a central part of the DOWNVInD (Distant Offshore Wind Farms with No Visual Impact in Deepwater) renewable energy research and development programme, which includes 18 different organisations from six European countries. The project comprised two 5MW wind turbines sited in 45 meters of water in the Moray Firth, some 25kms off the east coast of Scotland and linked to the Talisman Energy (UK) Beatrice Alpha oil production platform nearby.

We combined the expertise of our offshore oil and gas engineers, project managers, and fabricators with our renewables business. We delivered an innovative project which will not only help reduce the energy consumption, but also extend the life of the offshore platform.

Renewable energy is part of the UK Government’s longer term aim of reducing CO2 emissions, bridging the gap caused by ageing fossil fuel and nuclear power stations reaching the end of their service lives, and of reducing the UK’s dependence on imported energy. Offshore wind farms offer the potential to make a significant contribution to this aim.

Location:Moray Firth, East coast of Scotland
Scope:Design and manage delivery of the turbines for the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator project