The final turbine in the Beatrice wind farm, in the Outer Moray Firth, has been completed today (Wednesday May 15th), with the Arnish yard in Lewis playing a part in a monumental renewable construction project.
A total of 84 wind turbines, each standing 188m from sea level to blade tip, go to make up a renewable development capable of generating enough power to light 450,000 homes. As Beatrice’s majority shareholder, SSE Renewables led on the construction process and will manage operations and maintenance from a new base in Wick, where up to 90 members of staff will soon be employed.
Jacket foundations and piles were manufactured by Bi-Fab at its Arnish and Fife yards. Each jacket weighs about 1,000 tonnes and, at 56 metres depth, they are the deepest water fixed foundations of any wind farm in the world.
Jim Smith, Managing Director of SSE Renewables said: “Completing the offshore construction at Beatrice is a testament to the capabilities of SSE Renewables and our project partners. Delivering one of Scotland’s largest ever private investments on time and under budget is a fantastic achievement given its complexity and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us make the project a reality.”
The picture shows the last turbine during installation against this week’s clear blue skies (Matthew Christie).