The consortium of French and Portuguese energy companies developing the Moray Firth-East offshore wind turbine farm has provisionally awarded a major cabling contract for the 950-MW development.

Royal Boskalis Westminster NV subsidiary VBMS will supply and install inter-array cables for the 950-MW wind farm – if it proceeds into construction phase – from 2020.

The project scope includes the supply, installation and burial, as well as termination and testing of approximately 100 x 66kV inter-array cables.

Moray Offshore Windfarm is a joint venture company owned by EDP Renewables (77%) and ENGIE (23%).

The contract award is subject to a financial investment decision which is expected to be taken after July 2018.

Last month, the project was awarded 15-year, £57.50-MWhr supply contract by the UK Government.

Oscar Diaz, Project Director of Moray East said: “Advances in technology have enabled us to develop a project capable of delivering power at less than half the cost of similar projects being delivered today.

“Co-operation with our supply chain has been vital to deliver cost reductions through optimising technology such as this vital aspect of the project, and we look forward to working with VBMS through project.”

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