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Bilfinger Salamis secures contract for Sheringham Shoal wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 07 September 2017

Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a £1m contract from Statoil to provide coating repair services for Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm in Norfolk, Virginia, US.

Bilfinger’s Great Yarmouth base will manage the three year contract, which will expand the firm’s services in Southern North Sea and create five new offshore positions.

The surface preparation, coating application and coating inspection services, which need rope access teams to process maintenance activities on the assets, will be provided by Bilfinger.

Bilfinger Salamis UK managing director Sandy Bonner said: “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.”

The Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, which has 88 offshore wind turbine generators with total capacity of 315MW, is situated 10-15 nm off the North Norfolk coast.

The power generated by the wind farm will be connected to the national grid through the substations which will be connected to an onshore substation at Salle, Norfolk.

Bonner further added: “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.

“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.”

In September 2016, Statoil had entered into an agreement with Statkraft to take over operation of Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm from January 2017.