UK-based Galloper Wind Farm Limited (GWFL) confirmed the appointment of marine specialists, James Fisher and Sons, for the delivery of an integrated suite of offshore and marine services during the construction of the Galloper Wind Farm. The contract is in excess of £25 million.
The Galloper Wind Farm is being constructed off the coast of Suffolk by wind developer, RWE Innogy. The offshore construction phase scheduled to commence in June 2016, with the project commencing operations in March 2018.
James Fisher expects the new contract to generate up to 100 new jobs. This will comprise a dedicated project management team of around 20 people, another 20 to 30 onshore and offshore-based personnel who will form part of the project’s Principal Contractor Team, and 40 to 50 offshore technicians.
The company will be responsible for providing key elements of marine services and support to the Galloper team including: construction site set-up, marine co-ordination, OWMS marine management system, crew transfer vessels, vessel re-fueling, and emergency response services.
The contract also includes provision of ad-hoc support arrangements for diving services, operation of remotely operated vehicles,, and unexploded ordinance identification and disposal.
“We are very pleased to be working with a UK-based service supplier as our Offshore Services Contractor,” said GWFL Project Director Toby Edmonds. “As you would expect, the UK is a forerunner in terms of expertise in offshore and marine services, and James Fisher has the skills and experience to compliment that expertise. The company will provide a broad range of specialist marine services over the next two years, and we look forward to working with them and welcoming them to the Galloper team.”
Overall, Galloper offshore wind farm is expected to create around 700 jobs during the construction phase and around 90 jobs once operational. The wind farm will be capable of generating up to 336 MW.
“Nick Henry, CEO of James Fisher and Sons commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Galloper Wind Farm Limited on this exciting and challenging project. We are bringing together a range of services under one contract which enables us to focus on driving operational efficiencies and reducing risk on behalf of our client, through the integration of these services.”