Massive wind farm crane vessel sails into sight of Fife and East Lothian residents

One of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels has arrived at the site of a major wind farm in Scotland.

The Saipem S7000 semi-submersible crane vessel is due to start the installation of casings. Picture: Saipem

The semi-submersible crane vessel will start the installation of casings for piles at the site of the EDF Renewables and ESB owned Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, located some 15 kilometres off the Fife coast.

The vessel, which is almost 200 metres long and can work in the most challenging weather conditions, will also work on preparing the seabed in advance of the arrival of the steel foundation jackets on which the 54 wind turbine generators and two offshore substations will be installed.

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Project director Matthias Haag said: “The construction phase of the wind farm is now well under way and many people will be able to see the S7000 starting construction work offshore. It will be visible from much of the East Neuk of Fife and from North Berwick and Dunbar.”

Onshore work also continues at various locations.

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