Xodus Group

Developing the Inch Cape Supply Chain Plan

Xodus Group (Xodus) supported Inch Cape in the development and drafting of its successful supply chain plan (SCP) for the fourth Contracts for Difference Allocation Round (AR4). Xodus worked to identify key impacts of the project’s existing supply chain, and community and skills engagement within the required framework, showcasing its benefits and priority actions realised. Xodus also provided guidance and support on the calculation of UK content, coordinating with the project’s key package managers.

Outcomes

The Xodus team was able to leverage the experience it had with Inch Cape’s AR4 SCP, for work on supply chain development statements (SCDS) for the ScotWind leasing round process, transferring its expertise into a different framework and narrative context. Xodus has since supported several offshore wind projects leveraging further experience and the team’s track record and shifting its offering to strategic and due diligence scopes.

Inch Cape provided important learning opportunities around challenges, potential barriers and suitable mitigation actions in the development of supply chain plan narratives. This, combined with the close and frequent communication with the Inch Cape team, also provided a supportive and fruitful environment for hands-on training of renewables consultants. Xodus appreciated the collaborative and coordinated approach with Inch Cape, enabling effective project delivery to a successful outcome.

Comment from the Commercial Project Manager in-post at the time: “Preparation of the Inch Cape Supply Chain Plan required very rapid assimilation of a huge amount of project information, followed by analysis and compilation of a comprehensive and persuasive plan against demanding timescales. Xodus achieved this and produced a high-quality plan which enabled a commitment to realistic targets and led to obtaining approval from government.”

Quote from the Xodus Project Sponsor:

 “Whilst the “fast track” requirements of this project were complex and multifaceted; Inch Cape was a pleasure to deal with and provided Xodus with timely provision of support and information for the duration of the scope. The successful completion of this scope, and the excellent relationship built, led to a further 18 months of project management and engineering support”.

January 2024

Civil engineering work starting at project’s Cockenzie substation site

Civil engineering contractor, Careys is set to start work at the brownfield site of the former Cockenzie coal-fired power station on the East Lothian coast as the next phase of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm substation construction gets underway.

Contracted by Siemens Energy, Careys will be responsible for the construction of the site infrastructure and the onshore substation, including its associated buildings, in readiness for the arrival of the electrical equipment including transformers and cables to transport the green energy generated by the offshore wind farm.

Initial groundworks were completed at the site in December 2023, and this upcoming phase of work will see the creation of further drainage at the site, laying of concrete bases, construction of internal roads and bunds, landscaping, and the erection of steel-framed buildings.

Residents along the construction traffic route will receive direct communication from the project on the construction programme and timings of key pieces of work, particularly any activity likely to include an increase in construction traffic or delivery of large loads and equipment.

Regular aerial drone surveys will be undertaken by local company Innovair, to monitor progress of the construction activity.

Inch Cape will comprise up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus Coast and the power it generates will enter the national transmission system at Cockenzie. Once complete it will be one of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farms, generating enough green energy to power the equivalent of half the homes in Scotland.

ICOL, owner of Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, is an equal joint venture between Edinburgh-based renewable and sustainable energy company, Red Rock Power Limited and Ireland’s leading energy company, ESB.

Latest aerial of Inch Cape’s onshore substation site in Cockenzie, East Lothian.

 

Inch Cape signs capacity reservation agreements with Dajin Offshore and GWSHI

Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) has signed capacity reservation agreements with Dajin Offshore Heavy Industry (Dajin Offshore) and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Heavy Industry (GWSHI) for XXL monopile foundations for the 1.1 gigawatt Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

The agreements secure the supply, fabrication and delivery of monopile foundations for the wind farm which is currently progressing towards full construction. The project will comprise up to 72 wind turbines sited in the North Sea 15 kilometres from the east coast of Angus in Scotland.

XXL monopiles are designed for the latest generation of offshore wind turbines. The Inch Cape monopiles will each have a maximum outer diameter of 11.5 metres (m), a maximum length of 110m and a weight of up to 2700 tonnes.

Fabrication of the monopiles is due to commence in late 2024 with delivery to the project scheduled for late 2025.

ICOL, owner of Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, is an equal joint venture between Edinburgh-based renewable and sustainable energy company, Red Rock Power Limited and Ireland’s leading energy company, ESB.

 

GWSHI’s monopile yard in Qinzhou, China (left) and Dajin Offshore’s monopile yard in Penglai, China (right)

Background:

Owners

ESB has been Ireland’s foremost energy company since it was established in 1927, driven by an unwavering commitment to power society forward and deliver a net-zero future for our customers and the communities we serve.  Launched in 2022, its ‘Driven to Make a Difference: Net Zero by 2040’ strategy sets out a clear roadmap for ESB to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. It also commits ESB to a science-based target for 2030 to provide assurance that we are decarbonising our operations at the necessary pace and scale.

As a strong, diversified utility, ESB operates across the electricity market, from generation through transmission and distribution, to supply of customers in addition to using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is a leading Irish utility with a regulated asset base of approximately EUR 12.0 billion (comprising ESB Networks at EUR 9.7 billion and NIE Networks at EUR 2.3 billion), a 30 % share of generation in the all-island market and supply businesses supplying electricity and gas to over two million customer accounts throughout the island of Ireland and Great Britain. As at 31 December 2022, ESB Group employed over 8,000 people. For more information visit: https://esb.ie/

Red Rock Power Limited – headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland – is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects. As well as Inch Cape, it owns or has interests in four other onshore and offshore wind farm projects across Scotland and in Sweden. The company is actively pursuing development and acquisition opportunities to grow its existing wind portfolio, as well as expanding into other European markets and sustainable energy sectors.

Red Rock Power Limited is a wholly-owned European subsidiary of SDIC Power Holdings Co. Ltd, based in Beijing. SDIC Power is listed on Shanghai and London Stock Exchanges and owns a total installed capacity of 37.7642 GW globally, almost 70% of which is generated from renewable energy projects.  For more information visit www.redrockpower.co.uk.

Suppliers

Dajin Offshore is largest private Chinese offshore wind fabricator of monopiles, transition pieces and offshore towers. For Dajin top priority is QHSE that was confirmed to be at outstanding levels by independent audits. On top Dajin set clear goals to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2035. Dajin can produce XXL monopiles with up to 11.5m diameter, 2 500T weights and 120m lengths. Dajin operates from its own open sea port with quays of 560m length and water depths up to 14.4m. Annual capacity is at the level of 1 million tons of steel. Dajin is offering to transport foundations from China to overseas markets developing own fleet of large cargo vessels. In addition, Dajin is ready to contribute to European Local Content for offshore wind and for that is delivering secondary structures and electrical outfitting based on EU fabrication and supply chain. Dajin is expanding its capacity and capability including XXXL monopiles with diameter 16m, length up to 150m and weight up to 5000 tonnes as well as floating foundations and jackets to be ready for fabrication in 2024. For more information: www.dajin.cn

Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Heavy Industry (GWSHI) is a world leading solution provider specialising in large scale manufacturing for offshore energy, renewable energy, oil and gas applications, infrastructure and mining. GWSHI is part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). With over 40 years of experience, GWSHI has an extensive track record supplying complex projects globally for the energy sector. GWSHI’s core business sectors include: large scale structural fabrication, engineering, resources integration, supply chain management, project management, global logistics and financing. Through its seven yards, with a total area of 3,294,000m² and located in the South of China, the company manufactures one of the most complete steel product ranges worldwide and offers complete solutions for our customers. The range of products includes: XXXL monopiles (up to and including 15m OD), fully fabricated floating wind structures, transition pieces for both monopiles and jackets, offshore wind farm serial jackets, pin piles, suction buckets, tubulars for serial jackets, large scale steel structures, jack-up and pressure vessels. For more information: https://www.cssc-cwhi.com/

 

 

SLPE

Designing Inch Cape’s turbine foundations and substructures

SLPE is delivering the design of the wind farm’s wind turbine generator foundations and substructures. Since 2020, SLPE has been driving the development of concept studies, front-end engineering, and detailed design to inform significant project decisions such as the selection of substructure concept and associated design parameters. Currently in the detailed engineering phase, the SLPE team is working in close collaboration with the project supply chain to mitigate technical risks and complete the turbine substructure design package in readiness for the construction phase.

Outcomes

The SLPE design team comprises multi-discipline engineers, technicians, and project staff based in the UK. The Inch Cape contract award has enabled SLPE to grow its team size steadily over the past three years, recruiting and developing exceptional talent with experience in the design of offshore structures for UK waters and beyond. Not only has this supported the transition of a skilled workforce into the offshore wind sector, it has also encouraged technical innovation to overcome new challenges arising from the complex nature of the site conditions as well as ambitious aspirations for the wind farm.

Inch Cape and other similar wind farm projects have catalysed SLPE’s investment in industry research and development, including collaboration with British universities. An example of this is the company’s partnership with the University of Nottingham to develop an enhanced diagnostic monitoring system which will support the future life extension of wind farm installations. SLPE also actively invests in the development of proprietary technology that seeks to push technical boundaries in substructure and foundation design, adding value to projects such as Inch Cape.

Melvin Lau, Business Development Manager of SLPE said:

“Inch Cape is one of SLPE’s most important contracts. It has enabled us to invest in a highly skilled design team at the forefront of the offshore renewables industry. This has in turn benefitted Inch Cape with cutting-edge expertise and technology that seeks to maximise technical and commercial opportunities for the project.

“We are proud to be working alongside the Inch Cape team in a collaborative spirit to deliver this significant project for Scotland and the UK.”

SLPE’s team is developing Inch Cape’s turbine foundation and substructure design

January 2024

ForeCoast Marine (JBA Consulting)

Using innovative planning software to optimise Inch Cape

ForeCoast®  Marine is a strategic and operational planning software system used by project designers, developers, owners and operators to design, optimise and manage complex offshore wind projects. It was developed in-house in the UK by JBA Consulting (JBA) – a family of environmental, engineering and risk management companies and one of the world’s leading consultancies in this field.

ForeCoast®  Marine has been utilised by Inch Cape to inform the project’s offshore installation phases and help shape the design of the project.  The software system has simulated the project’s key offshore asset-component installation phases including: foundations, inter-array cables, offshore substation platforms, export cables and wind turbine generators.

Outcome

Through these simulations, the performance of proposed strategies will be compared quickly and reliably against key metrics such as capital expenditure, operational expenditure, programme and weather, technical or logistical downtime.  This will help to de-risk the project, maximise its performance and ultimately increase profitability. The innovative simulation software allows multiple strategies to be compared efficiently and robustly, shaping the project in many ways, potentially saving time and money.

The Inch Cape work has given the company valuable modelling experience for all stages of construction of an offshore wind farm (foundations, turbines, inter-array cables and export cables). It has also helped streamline elements of the work including the key model input template.

Laurie Wilkinson, Senior Met Ocean Analyst said:

“It has been interesting and enjoyable to work closely with the Inch Cape installation team. They are engaging and personable, yet they challenge us constantly and are diligent in their work. We have learned a lot about what is important to making their project a success in the process.”

January 2024