Mainstream Renewable Power has selected Siemens as the preferred turbine supplier for its proposed 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, to be located off the coast of Fife in Scotland. In addition, the developer has appointed Marubeni and Technip Offshore Wind Ltd. – working as a consortium – as the preferred suppliers of balance-of-plant engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services.
The move follows the conclusion of an 18-month pre-qualification exercise, and the selected parties will now enter exclusive bilateral negotiations with Mainstream.
"Today's announcement is about gearing up the supply chain so that companies interested in supplying the project have visibility of the preferred contracting structure," says Andy Kinsella, Mainstream's offshore CEO and executive director. "I am delighted to be working with three world-class companies who have a proven track record in delivering significant infrastructure projects across the globe."
Having received onshore planning consent in June 2013, Mainstream says it expects its proposed Neart na Gaoithe wind farm to receive a determination on its offshore consent application soon and start preliminary construction work later this year. The company plans to have the project online by 2017.