Inch Cape Offshore Limited, the 50/50 joint venture between ESB and Red Rock Power Limited, has appointed Siemens Energy and lemants, subsidiary of Smulders, for the supply and build of its onshore and offshore substation package.
Siemens Energy will design and build the onshore substation, which will be sited at the former power station site at Cockenzie, East Lothian. Early onsite works are expected to commence early 2023 following engagement with the local supply chain.
Siemens Energy and lemants will supply the wind farm’s offshore substation platform, using Siemens Energy’s proven Offshore Transformer Module (OTM®) technology. Fit-out and assembly of the OTM and its jacket foundation will take place at the Smulders yard in Wallsend, Newcastle.
Commenting on the plans, Adam Ezzamel, Inch Cape’s Project Director said:
“The substation package is a critical element of the project and we’re looking forward to working with Siemens Energy and lemants following their selection.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the project ahead of the CfD results next week.”
Mark Pilling, Vice President HV Grids at Siemens Energy, said:
“The award of this contract is another step towards the UK achieving its target of 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.
“I’m incredibly proud of Siemens Energy and our partner Iemants. It is important that we support our customers by building innovative infrastructure that enables clean energy to be delivered to our homes and businesses across the country.
“Siemens Energy has a strong record of delivering offshore wind farm projects in Scotland and we will be actively working with Iemants and Inch Cape Offshore Limited to engage with the local supply chain on potential contract opportunities.”
Walkers on the John Muir Way should look out for a temporary diversion around the site of the former Cockenzie Power Station for five days, from Monday February 28 to Friday 4th March.
The diversion will occur towards the end of a three-week programme of site investigation at the Cockenzie site which starts Monday [14 Feb]. This work is being carried out by Inch Cape Offshore Limited, which is developing an offshore wind farm off the Angus coast, to test ground conditions for their planned electricity substation.
The work will involve drilling boreholes over the site, as well as digging some trial trenches on a small section of the John Muir Way next to the seawall where export cables from the wind farm will eventually be installed.
“The diversion will be signposted a week in advance and will apply to the section which runs from around Cockenzie Harbour along the seawall towards the Hummocks,” explains Nikki Keddie, Stakeholder Manager at Inch Cape.
“We hope this will not prove too much of disruption to walkers and we will reinstate the original route following the completion of works on March 4,” Nikki concludes.
The Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, currently in late-stage development, will see up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus Coast and connect to the National Grid at Cockenzie. Once complete, it will be one of Scotland’s largest single sources of renewable energy and power up to one million homes with clean electricity.
Please see below for a map of the proposed diversion.
Inch Cape Offshore Limited has selected Montrose Port as the future operations and maintenance base for its offshore wind farm – which will see up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus coast.
The wind farm, owned by Red Rock Power and ESB, will create an initial £5.2 million investment and more than 50 long-term skilled jobs during its lifetime.
The decision was marked by a visit to Montrose Port by local MSP Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands at The Scottish Government, where she was able to meet senior figures from Inch Cape and Montrose Port to discuss their plans.
The Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm has applied to the UK Government for a long-term energy contract in its latest ‘Contracts for Difference’ allocation round, with results expected this summer.
If successful, this will trigger the18-month £multi-million investment programme in the Angus port with more than 50 long term skilled operations and maintenance jobs to follow.
Initial work on the infrastructure upgrade will begin in 2023 with the construction of offices and warehouse at the port’s South Quay.
A dedicated pontoon for crew transfer vessels travelling to and from the Inch Cape site will also be constructed along with the installation of dock side cranes and a communications mast, with the latest technologies in vessel fuelling being considered as an additional investment.
Works are expected to be complete and the base operational by early 2025 to coincide with the commissioning of the first turbines at the offshore wind farm. Once fully operational, the Montrose base will support up to 56 direct, full-time equivalent (FTE), long-term jobs including turbine technicians, asset managers and office staff.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:
“This award highlights the direct long-term economic benefits which are flowing into local communities across Scotland as a result of our fast-growing offshore wind industry. The Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, which will provide sustainable career-long jobs for people in Angus, is a great example of this.
“Montrose Port has long played an important role in supporting Scotland’s offshore energy sector and the investment announced by Inch Cape will help it become a major facility supporting our just transition towards a Net Zero economy.”
Adam Ezzamel, Project Director of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm said:
“This new infrastructure will make Montrose Port a key element in the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, which will become one of Scotland’s largest single sources of renewable power, operational for at least 30 years. We plan to utilise the very latest technology to reduce carbon emissions from vessels to operational base designs, operating and maintaining some of the biggest wind turbines in the world deployed in water depths of up to 57 metres.
“If we succeed in the current Contracts for Difference round, Inch Cape will deliver millions of pounds of new investment, not just in Montrose but, with other key suppliers and facilities in Scotland and beyond, supporting local communities and a transition to a greener economy. The UK is already a world leader in offshore wind and this project will see Inch Cape increase this lead – delivering long-term skilled jobs and enough electricity to power more than a million homes.”
Capt. Tom Hutchison, CEO and Harbourmaster at Montrose Port said:
“We are delighted to welcome Inch Cape to Montrose as part of our growing offshore wind portfolio. We aim to become the go-to port for the industry and believe that with our geographical position, deep water berths, and sheltered quays we are ideally placed to do so.
“As a Trust Port we are driven to develop our offering to benefit our community of stakeholders both now and for future generations to come. We have already started to see the benefits offshore wind can bring to our regional economy and we are proud to be championing Montrose and the wider Angus region as a bastion for green energy.”
Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, Mairi Gougeon MSP, Capt. Tom Hutchison, Harbourmaster
In the next few days, weather permitting, East Lothian residents may see the arrival of a jack-up vessel, operated by contractors Fugro, which will begin a programme of near-shore survey work not far from the coast at Cockenzie on behalf of Inch Cape Offshore Limited.
The information gathered will be used to inform detailed design work and ultimately the construction process. The wind farm will be Scotland’s largest single source of renewable power when built, with up to 72 turbines generating the equivalent of the annual demand of more than 1 million homes.
Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm has applied to East Lothian Council to extend the deadline for the submission of detailed proposals on the design of their onshore substation at Cockenzie, which has been delayed due to Covid-19.
The application will allow the company more time to develop the final designs for the substation, in order to meet conditions included in the planning permission in principle granted in 2019.
In August, Inch Cape ran a number of online consultation events to seek local views on the planning extension, including live interactive chat sessions and a dedicated consultation webpage.
You can find all of the application documents in the Library on this website.
Scottish businesses, particularly in East Lothian, Fife and Tayside are being invited to an online event where they can find out more about the opportunities offered by the Inch Cape offshore wind farm – which will see up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus coast and connect to the National Grid at Cockenzie.
The September 16 event, run by Inch Cape, Xodus Group and Scottish Enterprise in association with the Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster, is a chance for local businesses to understand how they can engage with what will become a £multi-million project in the middle years of this decade.
Commenting on the event, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director at Inch Cape, says: “Offshore wind presents a significant opportunity for businesses of all sizes in Scotland, but it is hard for many medium and smaller enterprises to understand how to engage and tender for work.
“In common with all major infrastructure projects, a high proportion of contracts will be awarded to large ‘tier one’ suppliers. However, each of these suppliers will in turn be reliant on multiple specialist subcontractors, and this is where local businesses can play to their strengths.
“For these businesses, this event will explain Scotland’s ‘Cluster Builder’ initiative, led by offshore wind supply chain experts Xodus, which works with Scotland’s two offshore wind clusters – Forth & Tay Offshore and DeepWind – to support the Scottish supply chain to target opportunities in offshore wind.
“At the same time, Inch Cape is keen to contract directly with specialist suppliers of all sizes if they can introduce new technologies and innovative ways of working with a focus on lowering the cost of energy on the project and reducing construction time, cost and carbon footprint whilst prioritising health and safety,” Ezzamel concludes.
Shona Clive, Project Lead, Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster said:
“Scottish Engineering, as the newly appointed Cluster Manager for the Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster, is delighted to be supporting the Inch Cape procurement event. The Inch Cape project is right in the heart of the Forth and Tay geographic area, home to world leading offshore engineering companies which are well positioned to support this major multi-million pound project.
“This event, followed by a series of other more discipline-specific events, will help to inform local SMEs and those further afield about the huge scope of opportunities arising from the construction and long-term operation of the Inch Cape Wind Farm.”
Hannah Collings, Project Manager for Cluster Builder, Lead Renewables Consultant at Xodus, said:
“The Cluster Builder is excited to collaborate with Inch Cape to provide a timeline for Scottish SMEs on when and how to get involved with the next generation of offshore wind projects. The Cluster Builder’s role is to signpost SMEs to relevant initiatives, provide market intelligence and help prepare for tendering opportunities. For this event we will be working alongside the Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster to support SMEs to get the most of out of the future tier one tendering sessions.”
Local views are being sought on extending the deadline for the design of Inch Cape’s onshore substation which has been delayed due to Covid-19.
The company plans to apply for more time to come up with detailed designs for the Cockenzie substation, in order to meet conditions included in the planning permission in principle granted by East Lothian Council over two years ago.
A dedicated consultation webpage will be live on the project website www.inchcapewind.com from 9th – 31st August 2021 and will include a link to a feedback form where comments and questions, as well as requests for further information can be submitted directly to the project team.
In addition, live interactive chat sessions will also take place between 14:00 – 16:00 hrs and 18:00 – 20:00 hrs on both Thursday 12th August and Thursday 19th August 2021.
A chat icon will appear on the consultation webpage during those times, enabling members of the public to post questions.
Nikki Keddie, Stakeholder Manager at Inch Cape Offshore Limited, said:
“The project has planning permission in principle for the onshore substation and related works which was granted in 2019. However this permission expires in 2022 and we now intend to apply for more time to finalise the design of the substation and to submit the information required in the conditions attached to the consent.
“Our consultation events are an opportunity for local people to find out more about this process and to offer their views. All are welcome to attend and participate.”
If you do have questions or comments on the proposal, Inch Cape request that these be submitted either live during the chat sessions, via the feedback form or directly by email by no later than 5pm on 31st August 2021.
The formal Pre-Application Consultation advert can be found here.
Developer sells equal share of offshore wind farm project to ESB as it continues to progress forward
Inch Cape poised to play key role in Scotland’s green economic recovery and become one of the country’s largest single sources of renewable energy
Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited has formed a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development.
The Red Rock Power – ESB partnership will harness both companies’ wealth of expertise within the wind energy sector and support their mutual growth ambitions as they continue to strengthen their respective UK wind portfolios, with the potential to collaborate on other projects in the future.
As well as powering up to one million homes and supporting both the UK and Scottish Governments’ net zero targets, Inch Cape is poised to play a key role in a green economic recovery through the creation of skilled jobs and opportunities for the local supply chain.
Guy Madgwick, Red Rock Power Limited CEO, said: “Inch Cape will, without a doubt, make a considerable impact on the country’s clean energy targets and create significant opportunities to support a green economic recovery. We look forward to working alongside our colleagues at ESB on the project and to applying synergies within our teams to drive the development forward to a successful build.”
Inch Cape is set to be constructed 15km off the Angus Coast in the East of Scotland and to become one of the country’s largest single sources of renewable energy. The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. The wind farm will connect into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.
Jim Dollard, Executive Director Generation and Trading at ESB, welcomed the announcement. “We look forward to pooling our expertise and experience with a partner of the calibre of Red Rock Power to deliver the Inch Cape project. With consent for up to one gigawatt and 72 turbines, this is a milestone investment in offshore wind for ESB and our ambition to lead the transition to a low-carbon future. This builds on similar partnerships ESB has with leading renewable energy companies in developing offshore wind projects off the coast of Ireland and Great Britain.”
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Offshore wind in Scotland’s 462,000 km2 of waters will play a vital part in achieving our net zero ambitions while helping to drive a strong, green economic recovery. Inch Cape has the potential to significantly contribute to this recovery, to help deliver Scotland’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and to support the Scottish supply chain. Therefore I welcome the partnership between Red Rock and ESB as the project moves forward to the next phase.
“Our seas are host to some of the best offshore wind resources in the world, supporting the continuing growth and expansion of the sector. We want to harness this huge resource for our energy system, unlocking significant investment in the supply chain to create more green jobs across the sector and support the wider decarbonisation of our energy system, including electrification of transport and heat.”
Madgwick added: “We sought a partner who shared our passion for renewable energy, supporting UK industry growth and tackling climate change. We are excited to be working with ESB and for the potential to collaborate on other projects in the future as we continue to expand our company both in the UK and across Europe.”
ESB, through its Brighter Future strategy to lead the transition to a low carbon future, has ramped up its investment and expertise in offshore wind generation, one of the main technologies underpinning the clean electricity systems that will power our societies into the future.
An option agreement has been signed which will enable Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL), a subsidiary of Edinburgh based energy company, Red Rock Power Limited, to purchase a small part of the former Cockenzie Power Station site from East Lothian Council.
ICOL received Planning Permission in Principle from Scottish Ministers to build onshore transmission works at Cockenzie in February. The substation and associated infrastructure would be used to connect the proposed wind farm 15km off the Angus coast to the National Grid, thus making use of the existing grid connection at the former power station.
ICOL is continuing to work on options to significantly reduce the footprint of the onshore transmission works (by around two thirds, to approximately seven acres), as well as to move to the western part of the site. The final location, footprint and design of the works remain subject to further consultation. It is hoped ongoing collaboration will allow the majority of the former power station site to remain available for further development opportunities to boost the local economy.
The wider site was acquired by the council last year to support its ambitions for promoting economic growth in the local area and creating employment opportunities. The site is a key strategic component of the East Lothian Economic Development Strategy.
Monica Patterson, Depute Chief Executive, Partnerships and Community Services, East Lothian Council, said:
“East Lothian Council has continued to work closely with Red Rock Power and the Inch Cape Offshore Limited project team, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement which will enable a substantially smaller area of the western site to be purchased from the council.
“This means significant land will remain available for opportunities to boost the local economy and create employment opportunities. Having reached an agreement on land for the proposed onshore substation, we are progressing work to understand the full potential of the wider site in order to support growth of the local economy.”
The wind farm is expected to power at least half a million homes.
Guy Madgwick, CEO of Red Rock Power, added: “Reaching this agreement with East Lothian Council is a key milestone for the Inch Cape project and a significant step forward in our plans to deliver a project with such national economic importance as well as contributing significantly to Scotland’s renewable energy targets. We look forward to working with the council’s planning and development teams on the next phase of the consultation process.”
The purchase of the site will follow the progression of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm project as a whole. Further details of the option agreement are commercially confidential at this stage.
ICOL team to hold events later this month to offer locals an opportunity to feedback on Transmission Works design concepts
Developer to launch community artwork project
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) is to hold community consultation events in Prestonpans and Port Seton later this month to give locals an opportunity to see visualisations of its proposed Onshore Transmission Works, share feedback and learn more about the next phase of the development.
Events will be held at the Prestonpans Community Centre on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – 3-8pm and Port Seton Centre on Thursday 25th April 2019 – 3-8pm.
Inch Cape’s Onshore Consents Manager, Marie Adkins, said: “We would welcome the community’s feedback on potential design concepts for the Onshore Transmission Works to help inform our discussions and recommendations to East Lothian Council as part of the detailed design phase. We look forward to seeing locals at the upcoming events and answering any questions they may have.”
The design concepts for the substation, available to see as a 3D digital model at the event, have been created in line with Inch Cape’s ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ report and engineering limitations, as well as efforts to reduce the footprint of the works.
The team are also looking to consult with the community on a forthcoming art project on or around the site, something ICOL has committed to as part of the Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) consent. The project team hopes to call on local school pupils to submit ideas and will commission a local artist to deliver. More information will be shared at the community events.
Marie added: “We are excited to bring a new community art project to the local area. East Lothian and the Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton communities in particular, have a wealth of art and cultural heritage so we are keen to help create new installations for future generations. We look forward to working with a local artist to bring this to life.”