Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd, known as ‘Moray East’, (a 950MW offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, 40km from the North East Coast of Scotland) is pleased to announce that Fraserburgh been selected as preferred Operations and Maintenance (O&M) port for the project.
The O&M port will provide the principal onshore base from which the wind farm will be operated, and from which routine maintenance activities will be undertaken.
Moray East has signed an options agreement with Fraserburgh Harbour to secure the necessary land on which to construct the quayside O&M buildings and facilities.
Moray East O&M Base Key Features:
Location : Fraserburgh Harbour
Site Size: Approx. 1880m2
Onshore infrastructure : Two story building
Berthing facility for windfarm support vessels
Pontoon facility for CTV access
Storage & Unloading Area, Car
Staff car parking for 30-40 vehicles
Onshore facilities: Marine Co-ordination Centre
Operational control room
Maintenance Workshop & Stores
Oscar Diaz, Project Director for Moray East said:
“I am delighted to be able to announce that Fraserburgh Harbour has been selected as the preferred operations and maintenance port for the project. After construction has been completed, this will become the wind farm’s onshore focus for operations and maintenance throughout its lifetime.
“Fraserburgh Harbour’s Commissioners have drawn together key local stakeholders including the Aberdeenshire Council and North East Scotland College in preparation for the long term opportunities which Moray East will bring in terms of requirements for skills and a supply chain.
“We look forward to working with the local community to deliver low carbon power at a record low price, while creating a significant new long term high-value, high-skill industrial opportunity” Michael Murray, Harbour Convenor said:
“Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners are delighted to have been named as the preferred operations and maintenance port for the Moray East Project. The Commissioners and Officials of the port, along with their strategic partners, Aberdeenshire Council and North East Scotland College, look forward to continuing to work with Moray East to deliver the project which will provide economic benefit to the local community, help sustain the local supply chain and assist in the development of the port for all stakeholders”.
Local MP for Banff & Buchan, David Duguid said:
“This is fantastic news for Fraserburgh Harbour and the wider community, providing opportunities for local training and employment
“I know that the Harbour Board have put a lot of time and effort into this, for which they should be congratulated
“This agreement, coupled with the long-term masterplan plan recently agreed by the board, are very positive developments in terms of the ongoing regeneration of the town.”
Local MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson said:
“I’m delighted for the Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners and for the town that this substantial amount of work has come to the Broch against stiff competition from other northern ports.
“Today’s announcement represents a significant vote of confidence in the facilities and management at Fraserburgh Harbour as well as a tremendous boost to the local economy. I know that the Commissioners have done a power of work to get to this position, supported by our former MP Eilidh Whiteford.
“This announcement is a further demonstration of the importance of the offshore wind energy sector to the North-east and our prime location from which to benefit from the opportunities it creates.”