Essex company wins £8.2m contract on region’s largest windfarm
ScottishPower Renewables has awarded an Essex offshore renewables service provider a multi-million-pound contract to work on the largest windfarm being developed in East Anglia.
CWind in Chelmsford has been won a deal worth up to £8.2 million for work on the East Anglia ONE offshore project.
It will provide below-water services, including subsea maintenance of the foundations and offshore substation, subsea surveys and any corrective maintenance as well as pre-engineering studies.
The three-year contract, with options for two further one-year extensions, will see CWind staff working both onshore and offshore servicing the windfarm. It will also create new employment opportunities throughout the supply chain.
CWind, part of the Global Marine Group, provides topside, subsea and engineering services to the offshore renewables and utilities market with experience at over 50 UK and European offshore wind farms, supporting over 12GW power generated by the offshore wind sector.
To date, ScottishPower Renewables has handed a wide range of contracts to companies across the East of England, reinforcing its commitment to working with local suppliers on East Anglia ONE.
The developer has pledged to spend over £70m with businesses across the region to support the development of the windfarm.
East Anglia ONE is due to be fully operational later this year, with turbine installation currently well underway and the operations and maintenance base now fully operational.
Charlie Jordan, project director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “The East Anglian supply chain has provided us with an abundance of exceptional contractors that have the skill and capability to bring the East Anglia ONE project to life. CWind is another one of these suppliers and we look forward to working with them going forward.
“The region has become a hive of excellence in the offshore wind sector and we are committed to working further with local businesses on our current and future East Anglia windfarms.”
Nathanael Allison, managing director at CWind, added: “We are thrilled that ScottishPower has chosen CWind to manage the balance of plant for below water services for East Anglia ONE.
“Our years of expertise in subsea engineering services make us well suited to take on this contract and we look forward to helping the project reach completion and maintain this development in the future.
“This contract supports our drive to grow our East Coast hub, which is the centre of our operations in delivery of the project. This hub is part of our company’s just transition in helping people transfer skills from past industries such as fishing, into the offshore wind sector.
“It will also create new employment opportunities, both within CWind and throughout its supply chain.”
Located 43km off the Suffolk coast, East Anglia ONE, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, is a £2.5 billion project which could provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of more than 630,000 homes annually.
It is the first of four offshore windfarms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region.
Global Marine Group is the longest operating marine services provider in the world with a history dating back to 1850. It boasts a number of industry achievements, from installing the first subsea cable between France and the UK, being part of the consortium that invented the subsea cable universal joint, and right through to today, finding solutions to combat global carbon emissions.
The group is recognised for its global presence with successful joint ventures in China and Taiwan.