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SgurrEnergy wins construction monitoring contract for 580MW Race Bank offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 23 March 2017

Scotland-based SgurrEnergy will monitor the construction and operations of the 580MW Race Bank Wind Farm, located off the North Norfolk coast in the UK.

Race Bank Wind Farm is jointly owned by Dong Energy and Macquarie Capital’s unit Firebolt RB.

The operations monitoring contract secured by the renewable energy and grid integration consultancy, SgurrEnergy will be for 15 years and would begin once the construction part of the project is done.

Comprising 91 6.3MW wind turbines from Siemens, the Race Bank Wind Farm offshore array is expected to cover the energy needs of 400,000 households in the UK.

SgurrEnergy project manager Marc Costa Ros said: “As one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms, Race Bank Wind Farm has the potential to make a real difference to the environment by providing clean, sustainable and predictable power for homes across the UK.”

A part of global energy services firm Wood Group’s clean energy business, SgurrEnergy had acted as a technical advisor to Macquarie during its £1.6bn acquisition of a 50% stake in the project from Dong Energy.

The Scottish firm provided technical due diligence during the transaction and the finance phases of the project.

It is said to have reviewed important technical and commercial aspects of the project such as permits and consenting, electrical and mechanical design, civil, construction and project contracts, project participants, project schedule, financial model review, operations and maintenance.

As part of the construction monitoring task, SgurrEnergy will have to regularly check the construction and installation, monitor progress and confirming compliance with the final project design. Besides, it would carry out visits at the project site including factory and a visit to the construction location.

The Race Bank Wind Farm is likely to commence operations by early 2018.

Image: SgurrEnergy wins monitoring contracts for the Race Bank project. Photo: courtesy of SgurrEnergy.