The uplift of the first batch of completed Moray East turbine piles from Arnish yard yesterday (Monday August 5th) was temporarily halted by a minor technical issue with the heavy lifting crane.

Service vessel Normand Service docked yesterday to start on the 12-hour loading of six 120-tonne steel piles which finally began later in the day.

The 100-turbine Moray Offshore Windfarm East began construction in May this year and is due for completion in 2022. The manufactured components shipped from Arnish will form an integral part of the jacket-based foundations on which the turbines will be installed.

Today’s uplift is the first load-out of an expected 13 despatches. They piles have been lined up ready for loading at Arnish for several weeks, but the loading process was earlier delayed by mechanical problems in the delivery network.

Over 80 jobs were reportedly created when the Moray East order was secured for Arnish by Canadian company DF Barnes, owners of BiFab. The contract brought to an end a year of inactivity at the Lewis site.

Carbon steel from Liberty Steel, which has plants at Cambuslang and Dalzell, was delivered to Arnish some months ago to begin the manufacture, and a new consignment of pre-rolled steel from Korea is expected as the work continues.

The next despatch load is scheduled to leave Arnish on August 15th.

(This story has been updated to include new information including photographs by Faris Alkhamesi )