The first four of 31 steel foundations for Vattenfall's Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm set sail for the Irish Sea this week as one of Scotland's largest steel fabrication projects nears completion.
The 45 metre high foundations, known as jacket substructures, each with a weight of approximately 450 tonnes, left from the Burntisland Fabrications manufacturing facility in Methil, Fife and will arrive on site several days later.
The Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm is located off the coast of Barrow-On-Furness, Cumbria and on completion the 30 wind turbines will have a total capacity of 150 megawatts. This is sufficient to supply the equivalent of approximately 100,000 homes per year with clean power.
It is now in the construction phase with onshore works having commenced in autumn 2009 and offshore work starting in May this year. The development work is due for completion during 2011 and first power is expected later that year.
The photograph shows the first four jackets loaded onto the barge at Methil waiting to leave and head north, via the Pentland Firth, and then south to the Irish Sea.
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