Engineering and design service provider Kent has been awarded a contract by EnBW and BP to carry out pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies for the 2.9 GW Morven offshore wind project in Scotland.
The pre-FEED studies, which are expected to last six months, will involve engineering design work that supports key decisions, foundation type, corrosion protection concepts as well as transportation and installation feasibility.
For delivery of this scope, Kent will join forces with Ternan Energy, to provide geotechnical services supplementing their in-house geotechnical capabilities.
Located some 60 kilometres off the coast of Aberdeen, the Morven offshore wind farm is being developed by EnBW and BP for which the two companies secured a seabed lease in the ScotWind auction at the beginning of last year.
The offshore wind farm has a potential generating capacity of 2.9 GW, sufficient to power the equivalent of more than three million homes, according to the developers.
In July 2022, the developers signed a reservation and collaboration agreement with Forth Ports under which the Port of Leith will serve as the marshalling port for the Morven offshore wind project.
That same year, BP and EnBW said they would establish their operational centre in Scotland, and BP said it would make Aberdeen its global operations and maintenance centre of excellence for offshore wind, creating up to 120 new direct jobs and expected to contribute up to GBP 40 million per year to the economy.
The offshore wind development will include investments in infrastructure, ports, harbours and shipyards, including the construction of four ships to support EnBW and BP’s offshore wind projects across the UK, subject to technical and commercial due diligence, the developers said.