Highlands & Islands

Last of massive piles laid for Moray Firth wind farm

Installed piles for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project Image copyright SSE
Image caption A cluster of some of the more than 340 piles installed in the firth

The final foundation piles needed for supporting turbines for a massive offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth have been installed.

Energy firm SSE, which is involved in the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project, said a total of 86 clusters of four piles had been put in place.

A large crane ship was needed to install the 344 piles.

They will provide support for 84 turbines and two offshore transformer modules.

SSE said that, once completed in 2019, the £2.6bn renewable energy project would be capable of providing enough energy to power up to 450,000 homes.

Image copyright Port of Cromarty Firth
Image caption A crane ship was used for the piles installation work

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