Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm deploys walking platform for research

AS survey works continue on the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, 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 NnG project, which is co-owned by EDF Renewables and ESB.

It is drilling boreholes close to the shore and in the intertidal area, including the beach. The results of this 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.

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This fantastic photo was taken by David Hogg ( - copyright, used with permission.