Inch Cape Offshore has selected Dajin Offshore Heavy Industry and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Heavy Industry (GWSHI) to supply monopile foundations for its 1.1GW offshore wind farm in Scotland.

The two Chinese shipyards will supply XXL monopile foundations for the Inch Cape facility, which is advancing towards full construction.

The wind farm, to be situated 15km offshore Angus, will consist of 72 turbines.

The monopile foundations, which have been designed for the latest generation of offshore wind turbines, will have a diameter of 11.5m and a length of 110m, and will weigh 2,700 tonnes.

Fabrication is set to begin in late 2024, with delivery expected by the end of 2025.

The wind farm will generate enough energy to power 1.6 million homes.

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The power generated from the wind farm will enter the national transmission system at Cockenzie, East Lothian. 

In November 2023, work began on the assembly and fit-out of the offshore substation platform and the jacket foundation.

Siemens Energy and Smulders’ subsidiary Iemants are responsible for the project’s delivery.

COL, a joint venture between Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power and Irish energy company ESB, appointed Vestas as the preferred wind turbine supplier in September 2022.

The Danish turbine maker will supply 72 V236-15.0 MW turbines. The order also includes a 15-year operations and maintenance contract.

In August of the same year, ICOL chose the port of Dundee as the pre-assembly and marshalling site for the wind farm.