Vattenfall Adds J. Murphy & Sons to Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone Roster

Vattenfall has awarded J. Murphy & Sons with a GBP 2.5 million contract to deliver early works for the onshore cable installation scope of the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone project.

The UK engineering and construction company is also the preferred bidder for the future construction works contract.

J. Murphy & Sons early works will include site investigations and design optimisation activities, for example topology surveys, boreholes and small trial pits along the cable route to further understand ground conditions.

Working with local businesses and communities is an essential part of delivering the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone, Vattenfall said. Alongside Vattenfall’s drive to deliver their supply chain and skills and employment plans, J. Murphy & Sons will be engaging with local contractors and businesses during this period, seeking their support in delivering the works.

Rob Anderson, Project Director of Vattenfall’s Norfolk Zone, said: ”We’re taking the project into the next phase so we’re delighted to have J. Murphy & Sons on board, helping us to deliver the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone. Their expertise will be invaluable, as will their focus on boosting the local economy by supporting jobs and growth in the region.”

They will also be working with local colleges to find young people who are keen and available to work in the sector, delivering one of the largest offshore wind zones in the world.

”The award of the early contractor involvement contract marks the next step of our journey with Vattenfall, the local supply chain and wider community in delivering this essential piece of green energy infrastructure. We are delighted to bring our expertise and experience to the project and play our part in developing sustainable and secure energy sources for the UK market,” Andy Ingram, Operations Director for J. Murphy & Sons said.

Back in July, Vattenfall secured a Contract for Difference for the 1.4 GW Norfolk Boreas, the first phase of the Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone.

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Subject to a final investment decision, construction on the project will begin next year.

Norfolk Boreas comes ahead of the Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm. Once complete, the Norfolk Zone will produce enough renewable electricity to power more than four million homes and will be one of the largest offshore wind zones in the world, Vattenfall said.

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The first phase of the Norfolk Zone is expected to deliver first power in the mid-to-late-2020s.

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