In Angus, HDD activity was conducted out in a number of places, including the Barry Links SSSI.
Contractors working on Seagreen, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, have finished a critical phase of onshore construction.
When the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operation is finished, the electrical cables needed to transport the power generated by the wind farm may be installed.
HDD is a ducting installation technology that eliminates the need for open trenching/excavation by inserting ducting at eight points along the onshore cabling path between the project’s new substation under development at Tealing airport and landfall at the coast of Carnoustie.
A number of A Roads, including the important A90 and A92 trunk roads, water course crossings, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (Barry Links SSSI), and the main East Coast rail route, which connects Aberdeen to London, have all been affected by HDD.
“We would want to express our gratitude to the people of Angus for their continuous patience while these works were being carried out, as well as to the many stakeholders who supported us during the design and construction phases,” said Seagreen onshore project manager Steven Reid.
“The project team will now continue to work with our Principal Contractor Nexans to safely complete the remaining construction activities necessary for the electrical infrastructure installation.”
Electrical cable is being pulled through 19.5 km of subterranean ducts in Angus to connect the £3 billion Seagreen wind farm to the Scottish national grid.
By Spring 2022, the cable installation work should be finished.