Statoil contract award cements Bilfinger’s offshore wind services
Leading energy services provider Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a £1million contract for the coating repair services on Norfolk’s Sheringham Shoal wind farm, operated by Statoil.
The three-year contract will be managed from Bilfinger’s Great Yarmouth base, creating five new offshore positions and supporting further expansion of Bilfinger’s services in the Southern North Sea.
Bilfinger Salamis UK Managing Director, Sandy Bonner, commented, “We are delighted to be working with Statoil on this contract. Bilfinger has a strong reputation in the renewables sector, having supported the design and installation of a large number of the UK’s wind farms.
“The east of England is an important hub for servicing our clients in the wind operations and maintenance market, and this win allows us to further invest in expanding our resources and capability.”
Bilfinger will supply surface preparation, coating application and coating inspection services, which require specialist rope access teams who will carry out all maintenance activities on the assets.
“Now that windfarm assets are ageing, it’s great to see that we are being recognised for adding value through our significant operations and maintenance experience and capability,” said Mr Bonner.
“We have over 40 years’ experience in delivering inspection, repair and maintenance services to the offshore energy industry, and our in-depth understanding, skills and local resources mean we’re ideally placed to continue supporting the long-term operations and maintenance needs of the UK wind sector,” said Mr Bonner.
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm (SSWF) is located 10-15 nm off the North Norfolk coast. The wind farm features 88 offshore wind turbine generators with a total installed capacity of 315 MW. These substations are in turn connected to an onshore substation at Salle (near Cawston, Norwich) which connects the power produced by the wind farm to the national grid.