Certex UK to Work on Scotland’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Certex UK has won a contract to provide statutory inspection and maintenance services of Balance of Plant (BoP) equipment at the 1,075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm in Scotland.

The framework agreement, won via tender, is for three years, plus a two-year extension.

In this case, BoP includes detailed infrastructure design and supply of all parts of the offshore wind farm, except turbines, as well as towers, foundations, buildings, electrical systems between turbines, and the onshore demarcation point between the wind farm and the grid.

Certex UK’s scope of work will relate to the transition jackets in addition to personal protective equipment (PPE), including fall arrest systems, davit cranes, anchor points, and ladders.

Under the contract, the company will also deliver services to an operations and maintenance site in Montrose, where the company will provide offshore support all year round via a service operation vessel (SOV).

“We have established an excellent working relationship with SSE in recent years; our Great Yarmouth facility is ideally placed to service the Greater Gabbard wind farm operating out of the Port of Lowestoft and our Montrose facility is situated within a five minute walk of the Seagreen base—keeping the work local to the area”, said Terry Hoenes, divisional manager of renewables at Certex UK.

“Weather can cause issues in this region so downtime can be high leading to tight campaign targets. Most wind farm work tends to be seasonal, but the advantage of this contract is the all-year-round support required.”

Located 27 kilometres off the coast of Angus, the GBP 3 million (approx. EUR 3.6 billion) offshore wind project will comprise 114 Vestas 10 MW turbines, all of which are expected to be operational in the first half of next year.

Once fully commissioned, Seagreen offshore wind farm will be capable of generating around 5,000 GWh of renewable energy annually which is enough electricity to power more than 1.6 million UK homes.

At the end of last month, Seagreen reached a significant milestone when the first turbine was commissioned and connected to the grid.

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According to previous reports on the project, over 50 jacket foundations were installed at the offshore construction site.

SSE Renewables (49 per cent) is leading the development and construction of the Seagreen offshore wind farm on behalf of the partnership with TotalEnergies (51 per cent).

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Photo: SSE Renewables / TotalEnergies; Seagreen offshore wind farm