The NorSea Group AS (NSG) has signed a contract with Statoil to supply the Stord base for the Hywind floating offshore wind pilot project off the eastern coast of Scotland.
Hywind will be the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. The 30-MW, five-turbine pilot project aims to demonstrate cost efficient and low-risk solutions for commercial-scale offshore wind farms.
The NSG contract includes the preparation and adaptation of the Stord base as the assembly base for the five full-scale sea wind turbines. It also includes the construction of foundations, unloading of 20 turbine sections and all associated components, establishment of a mooring area for substructures, indoor storage facilities, and inspection of the fully installed wind turbines.
NSG will also be responsible for the board of 80 people during the main phase of the project, from January to June 2017.
“NSG is very grateful and proud to have been awarded this crucial contract from Statoil,” said John E. Stangeland, Group CEO of NSG. “We want to be a preferred supplier of integrated services to the supplier industry and wind farm owners in the offshore wind market. This contract will therefore be a key step in our strategy of offering cost-effective solutions to the renewable energy market,”
For a number of years, NSG has been working on developing the Stord base into an efficient location for the installation of sea wind turbines. Completed studies show that the Stord base has massive potential as a future national facility for floating offshore wind. This is mainly due to the unique combination of deep water harbors with proximity to offshore competence and existing infrastructure.
“Being awarded this contract in the face of strong competition from other installation base alternatives reaffirms that our long-term work on identifying optimal solutions for the use of the Stord base for floating offshore wind has been correct,” shared Director of Market and Business Development, Kenneth Bjørholm, who is responsible for the wind turbine investments on the Stord base. “We are incredibly proud to partake in this journey together with the Statoil Hywind organization.”
The NorSea Group
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