Seven local groups awarded grants from Inch Cape Construction Fund

Seven community organisations in Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton have been awarded grants by the Inch Cape Construction Fund to contribute towards local projects, facilitate activities for young people and support deserving causes.

A total of more than £22,000 has now been distributed by the fund following this second round of grants which provided £9,318 to a wide range of initiatives including: a civic pride planting project; programme for women and families dealing with domestic abuse; drama and music opportunities for young people, and an employment readiness scheme for secondary students.

Managed by Foundation Scotland, the Inch Cape Construction Fund supports projects that help tackle the effects of poverty and inequality, improve the environment or encourage 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 those awarded grants, and the amounts awarded, in this second round is below, or can also be found on the Inch Cape website construction fund 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.

Organisations awarded funds in the second grants round:

OrganisationAmount awardedContribution towards:
Heavy Sound CIC£1,000Supporting 26 children with therapeutic one-to-one sessions and group work supporting improved mental health and coping strategies.
Into Work£1,000Funds required to employ a part-time adviser to deliver the East Lothian Works programme for secondary school pupils in Prestonpans.
Port Seton Centre Management Committee (SCIO)£1,000Drama tuition, for young people with additional support needs to develop improved self-confidence, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band£1,000Providing exam and solo competition opportunities, enhancing players musical experiences and gaining recognition for their achievements.
Preston Lodge Learning Foundation£2,000Replacing essential equipment used for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within Preston Lodge High School.
Prestonpans Community Council£1,318The ‘Plants for Heritage’ project to brighten a recently restored area of Prestonpans, instilling an increased sense of community pride amongst residents.
Women’s Aid East & Midlothian£2,000Supporting women and families subjected to domestic abuse with fuel and food costs through the provision of food vouchers and meter top-ups.

 

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band received a grant to enable exam and competition opportunities for the young players and enhance their experience of music, ideally encouraging them to continue their musical aspirations.

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

Pinsent Masons

Long-term legal support for negotations and contracting

Legal firm Pinsent Masons continues to advise Inch Cape on the drafting and negotiation of a number of the project’s major supply chain contracts that will be put in place to enable the construction of the offshore wind farm. The firm’s Scottish team primarily leads on this work.

Outcomes

Pinsent Masons has worked on Inch Cape for a number of years developing a solid knowledge about the project and its requirements.  In that time, many of the firm’s Scotland-based lawyers have played leading roles in both shaping contracting strategy as well as drafting and negotiating various construction and operations & maintenance (O&M) contracts with a UK-wide and international supply chain. The firm has also provided secondees to embed within the team and provide concentrated support. The firm’s long-standing involvement on the project has played a central role in supporting the professional development of Pinset Masons market leading renewable energy team.

Iain Macphail, Partner at Pinsent Mansons said:

 “We have been delighted to work so closely with the Inch Cape team to support the development of this hugely significant offshore wind farm in Scottish waters.  It is immensely satisfying for us to support a project which will contribute in such a material way to the country’s net zero ambitions.”

March 2024

Statutory consultation on cofferdam works now underway

Inch Cape has applied to the Scottish Minsters of the Scottish Government to construct and subsequently remove a cofferdam that will enable additional landfall works as part of the installation of the offshore wind farm’s export cables at its Cockenzie site.

The cofferdam would be a temporary small scale enclosure constructed within the project’s existing cable corridor. It would be pumped dry to enable cable construction work to take place below the tide line. The documents related to the application can be found on the Marine Directorate website.

Individuals or organisations wishing to have a say on the safety of navigation or any environmental issues relating to the application now have 28 days to send their comments to the Scottish Marine Directorate via email. Representations sent in should quote both the reference number: 00010690 and applicant name: Inch Cape Offshore Limited.

A notice under Part 4 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 will be published in the East Lothian Courier today (Thursday 29 February).

 

Eden Scott

Scottish-based long-term personnel and resourcing support

Eden Scott has supported the Inch Cape project for almost eight years, with the provision of personnel and resourcing support, on either a Permanent, Contract and Consultancy basis.

Outcomes

Since 2016, Eden Scott has supported Inch Cape with more than 100 appointments across the project, a mix of contractors and staff members across a range of disciplines including project support, development, engineering, HR and finance, up to and including Project Director level. The project itself has created a number of exciting opportunities for people across Scotland and indeed the rest of the UK and Ireland.

As evidenced by the long on-going engagement, Eden Scott has fostered an excellent relationship with Inch Cape and this in turn has resulted in further opportunities for us to work with the project’s two joint venture partners. In addition to the direct jobs which we have supported Inch Cape with delivering, the partnership has led to job creation within Eden Scott, with an additional staff member joining the team to support the project.

Stuart Mitchell, Business Manager with Eden Scott said:

 “Eden Scott is proud to partner with Inch Cape and enjoy a strong, collaborative working relationship with the project team and Joint Venture Partners. We are very much looking forward to supporting the project through construction and into the operations and maintenance phase. ”

February 2024

K2 Management

Lenders’ technical advisor and technical due diligence

K2 Management (K2M) has been engaged by the project as the lenders’ technical advisor for the wind farm. In this role K2M is using its experience in offshore wind to provide guidance to the Inch Cape team and prospective lending parties during project financing, with a view to continuing support to lenders for the duration of the agreed debt term through construction and operations monitoring. K2M is also providing technical due diligence on all aspects of the project design, delivery, operations and costs. K2M will further provide an independent financial-grade energy yield assessment for the project.

Outcomes

This role for Inch Cape strengthens K2M’s existing nearly 20 years’ experience in providing lender’s advisory service to offshore wind projects. The changes seen in the sector during recent years including global market conditions, supplier availability and technological developments requires consideration and review of innovative aspects to support prospective lenders’ understanding and risk evaluation of new challenges. With ever more sizeable projects in more extreme environments, both long-standing and emergent offshore wind developers and investors need – more than ever before – total clarity on the financial and development challenges that projects of this scale entail.

Inch Cape facilitated the due diligence process to date by providing clear documentation on strategy and business model decisions, and frequent, open communication between K2M and the relevant package managers to respond to technical queries and concerns. This enabled K2M to access the required detail and documentation on the project design to review all technical aspects of the wind farm. As an ongoing process, K2M looks forward to reviewing additional detail on the project as development continues, and add to its knowledge of global supply chain, project design and project execution.

Will Sheard, Director, Due Diligence & Analysis Services said:

 “Financing of offshore wind farms is a complex process which requires the cooperation and aligned objectives of many stakeholders, not least, the project team. K2 Management brings many years of experience as a lender’s technical adviser having secured financial close on many large and complex offshore wind projects around the world. But we can’t do it alone.

The positive interaction we have had with the Inch Cape team has allowed us to continue to progress the financing process while the project has had to adapt to the changing market and technical requirements of recent years. We are very pleased to be involved in this innovative project and look forward to continued cooperation and success. ”

February 2024