Project under way
Beachcombing WaveWalker seeks firm footing for wind farm
Walk this way: Colin Mulvey, project manager, and Matthias Haag viewing the WaveWalker
Visitors to Thorntonloch Beach in East Lothian may have noticed an unusual beach comber walking the shoreline.
The WaveWalker 1, one of only a few walking jack-up barges in the world, has been carrying out a geotechnical survey on behalf of the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm,
It is drilling boreholes close to the shore and in the intertidal area, including the beach. The results of the survey will provide important information about the ground conditions on and around the beach as the NnG project team explore the best options for installing the wind farm’s offshore export cables.
The NnG project, owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, reached financial close in November and construction of the wind farm is now under way.
NnG has a capacity of c. 450 megawatts of low carbon energy and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions each year. Construction of components is now underway, offshore construction will start in June 2020 and full commissioning will complete in 2023.