SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, has been awarded the construction monitoring contract of one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms, which will be followed by a 15-year operations monitoring phase.
Located almost 17 miles off the Norfolk coast, Race Bank Wind Farm’s offshore array will comprise of 91 state-of-the-art Siemens’ 6.3-MW wind turbines and is expected to generate enough electricity for up to 400,000 homes across the UK.
The renewable energy and grid integration consultancy helped bring the project to financial close for Firebolt RB Holdings Limited, the investment holding company owned by Macquarie Capital and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5.
“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,” said Marc Costa Ros, Project Manager at SgurrEnergy.
Acting as technical advisor, SgurrEnergy’s engineers and consultants provided technical due diligence during the acquisition and project finance phases of the project. SgurrEnergy carried out a review of key technical and commercial aspects of the project including permits and consenting, civil, electrical and mechanical design, project participants, construction and project contracts, project schedule, operations and maintenance, and a financial model review.
The scope of the construction monitoring assignment includes regular monitoring of construction and installation, checking progress and confirming consistency with the final design and undertaking site visits including factory and a construction site visit.
“We are extremely proud to be involved in such a project and look forward to working in close collaboration with Macquarie and the lenders involved in the project as we move into the construction and operation phases,” added Costa Ros.
With offshore works already underway, Race Bank Wind Farm is expected to be in operation by early 2018.