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The first seven mega-watt (MW) turbine has been successfully installed at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.

Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca vessel installed the first of the 84 turbines at the site in the Moray Firth this weekend.

The 588MW wind farm is expected to be fully operational next year.

The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm company hailed it as a “huge milestone” online.

In May, Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse announced a Moray Firth wind development contract between Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm and Scottish firm Windhoist Group at All-Energy conference in Glasgow.

The deal, confirmed to be over £2million, will see Windhoist provide turbine pre-assembly to the SSE Beatrice Offshore wind project.

Contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the deal will see over 40 local jobs sustained for the 10 month period of the project.

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