Inch Cape-sponsored Scottish supply chain report published today

As one of the flagship Scottish offshore wind project’s Inch Cape was a main sponsor of the latest Scottish Renewables’ annual report into the benefits renewable energy projects have on Scottish businesses and the local supply chain.

Launched today, the Scotland’s Renewable Energy Industry Supply Chain Impact Statement 2024 presents a snapshot of businesses working in Scotland’s renewable energy industry, and showcases the breadth and talent of the local supply chain which is evolving to support the expanding sector.

The publication is an annual showcase of the clean power achievements of businesses and organisations, from the borders to the Highlands and Islands, working across Scotland’s flourishing renewable energy industry.

As well as a brief feature on the Inch Cape project and our approach to the supply chain, two of the project’s local suppliers have been profiled:

  • Innovair – providing regular aerial surveys and monitoring of the project’s onshore substation site at Cockenzie
  • JBA Consulting – using strategic software to inform the installation plans for the project

Since it began development Inch Cape has engaged more than 265 UK suppliers (105 from Scotland) and continues to work closely with the Scottish and UK supply chain to maximise local opportunities.

 

 

Lloyds Register

Certification to ensure compliance

Lloyds Register (LR) provides an impartial and expert eye during  certification services to ensure compliance with the applicable requirements and to provide the required assurance and risk mitigation for a successful project.

LR’s specialist engineers review documentation against codes and standards and provide a detailed explanation of the findings.  Reviews are undertaken in conformity with IEC/EN 61400-22 requirements.

The LR review aims to provide confidence that the wind turbine support structures and substation platform conform with the applicable governing international codes and standards, and industry best practice, and also to provide assurance that project risks have been mitigated through certification process. At the successful completion of the certification process, LR issues an Evaluation Report and Conformity Statement for each IEC/EN 61400-22 module completed.

Outcomes

LR is using its specialist team, primarily based in Aberdeen, Scotland, to support the Inch Cape project. The organisation continues to provide offshore wind farm project certification projects across the world with many different clients, and each project undertaken builds on its expertise and knowledge, to the benefit of the wider offshore wind sector.

Neil Morgan, LR Engineering Manager said:

 “LR is extremely proud to be working alongside Inch Cape on this flagship North Sea development. LR has been working with Inch Cape since 2018, adding value to the project through our certification services and we look forward to continuing our support to the project’s successful conclusion.

April 2024

First Inch Cape Construction Fund grants awarded

Eight community organisations in Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton have been awarded grants by the Inch Cape Construction Fund to support local initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people living in the area.

The first round of grants from the offshore wind farm’s fund totals £13,300 and supports a range of initiatives from improving local people’s employability and giving youngsters the chance to spend time in nature, to an annual gala day and encouraging physical activity through cricket and gymnastics.

Managed by Foundation Scotland, the Inch Cape Construction Fund supports community projects that help tackle the effects of poverty and inequality, improve the environment or supporting sustainability within the Prestonpans or Cockenzie & Port Seton community council areas.

Applications for grants of up to £2000 are considered on a rolling basis so eligible groups can apply at any time.

The full list of organisations, initiatives and grant amounts awarded in this first round can be found listed below and on Inch Cape’s Grants Awarded website page.

Electricity generated by the offshore wind farm, to be located 15 kilometres from the Angus coastline, will be brought to shore in East Lothian at a new substation being constructed on the site of the former coal-fired Cockenzie Power Station.

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.

Full list of first round grants:

  • Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Council (£2,000) to contribute towards the cost of replacing five flagpoles on Port Seton Promenade.
  • Waggon Way Explorer Scout Unit (£1,500) to purchase new camping equipment to allow local Explorer Scouts to engage in regular camping trips, fostering a deeper connection with nature and providing them with life skills.
  • Cockenzie Out of School Care (£2000) to contribute towards the costs of outdoor play equipment, including ‘loose parts’ play items for children aged five to 12 years.
  • Tranent & Preston Village Cricket Club (£1000) to contribute towards the costs of supporting an additional cricket team, allowing more community members to participate in the sport locally.
  • Saltire Team Gymnastics (£2,000) to contribute towards the purchase of equipment for the new toddler and pre-school gymnastics classes.
  • Longniddry and District Gala Committee (£820) to contribute towards the cost of marquee hire for the Longniddry and District Gala 2024.
  • Retrain Scotland (£2,000) to contribute towards rent and core costs associated with supporting trainees to develop practical skills and improve employability.
  • Prestonpans Community Council (£2,000) to contribute towards the costs of installing lights on the Prestonpans living Christmas tree to encourage community spirit during the festive season.


Young scouts will have more opportunity to spend time in nature thanks to an Inch Cape grant for new camping equipment awarded to the Waggon Way Explorer Scout Unit – one of eight East Lothian community groups benefitting from the first round of Inch Cape Construction Fund awards.

Vysus UK Limited

Long-term geotechnical and geophysical services

The Vysus Survey & GeoEngineering team offers a range of specialist services in marine geoscience, offshore survey and positioning, facilities installation support, operations and maintenance, and data and knowledge management systems.

Vysus has provided an extensive range of geotechnical and geophysical site investigation and geophysical consultancy and project management services to Inch Cape since the preliminary site assessments in 2010. Over the past 15 years Vysus has designed and managed multiple offshore data acquisition operations and developed a comprehensive 3D ground model of the surface and sub-surface environment and soils characteristics. Additionally, its industry-leading IRIS web application has been deployed to support the real-time management of the offshore surveys and site investigations, providing the closest visibility of progress and status as well as efficient access to the data acquired.

In 2023, Vysus was awarded a contract for survey support and associated data services prior to construction, which included a comprehensive data consolidation and gap analysis exercise. Incorporated within IRIS, this continues to inform tendering processes and the content of procurement documentation for data acquisition and installation works. In other activity, Vysus undertook a seabed mobility assessment, optimised array cable geotechnical laboratory testing, managed the refresh of unexploded ordnance threat assessments and provided numerous ground model updates and refinements.

Outcomes

Having supported the project since 2010, the 2023 contract for survey and data services reinforced Vysus’ position as the primary holder of knowledge related to the geophysical and geotechnical properties and characteristics of Inch Cape’s offshore site area, critical to both engineering design and installation operations. Incorporating the extensive data and information, and the experience gained, within a ground model and the IRIS web application will ensure the maximum value from the expensively acquired data and information.

Using IRIS to analyse, visualise and share such data and information with development engineers, tenderers, and installation contractors, means fit-for-purpose and cost-effective solutions are designed, engineered and delivered for the project.

Michael Cousins, Vysus VP Survey & GeoEngineering, said:

 “We are very pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Inch Cape via the latest scope of services awarded to us. It is important for us to be associated with such a flagship Scottish development, requiring high quality technical input for our geoscience engineers, harnessing the expertise and experience they have gained on this and other offshore wind farm projects.

“Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm Ltd has rightly identified the value of effective data management and how data should be deployed and utilised. Our IRIS system has once again demonstrated that it leads the field in delivering this important function, tightly interwoven with offshore surveys and construction activities.”

April 2024

Ramboll UK

Designing Inch Cape’s jacket foundations

Ramboll is a global engineering and advisory consultancy with more than 30 years of experience and a team of more than 700 specialist wind experts located in the UK and worldwide. In recent years, Ramboll’s primarily UK team has provided multifaceted support to Inch Cape. This collaboration commenced with preliminary feasibility and conceptual studies and is set to extend with the provision of front end engineering design (FEED) as well as the detailed design of the project’s wind turbine jacket foundations and pin piles, and follow-on engineering services.

Outcomes

Inch Cape has presented a unique opportunity for Ramboll to bring forward key recent advances in foundation design. The company is developing designs with the lowest possible weights without compromising fabrication and installation or operation and safety. Ramboll utilises cutting-edge design techniques, which are consistently refined through experience with numerous comprehensive design projects and have been endorsed by global certification bodies. Ramboll actively collaborates with leading fabricators, suppliers, and transport and installation (T&I) contractors, integrating insights from thorough project monitoring. Ramboll will capitalise on regional networks to effectively connect with the local industry and supply chain.

To deliver Inch Cape’s substructure designs, Ramboll will employ advances in foundation design for deep water sites and its extensive knowledge of complex geological features obtained from its vast catalogue of nearby wind farm projects. Consisting primarily of UK based staff, the design team will have the opportunity to cooperate with discipline experts from across Ramboll to ensure the most state-of-the-art solutions.

Peter Loizides, Project Manager at Ramboll:

 “We are proud that Ramboll has been chosen to support Inch Cape with FEED and detailed design of the turbine jacket foundations and pin piles. Our early involvement in the project has given us a profound understanding of the project’s intricacies, and we are thrilled to extend our support. We are committed to a dynamic collaboration with all project stakeholders, ensuring a harmonious and productive partnership.”

April 2024