SHERINGHAM, UK — StatoilHydro and Statkraft joint venture Scira Offshore Energy has awarded major contracts to Siemens Energy and Master Marine related to the 315-MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm Project. The wind farm will be developed nine miles (17 km) off the coast of Sheringham, U.K., and is scheduled for completion in 2011.
Siemens Energy has received an order to provide 88 wind turbines to the wind farm. Siemens was also awarded a five-year initial service contract, which can be extended up to 11 years. The total volume of the contract is more than EUR 450 million (US$604.9 million).
Norwegian company Master Marine ASA has received a contract for the planning and installation of 88 wind turbines and two substation modules for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm Project. The contract was awarded to Master Marine after strong competition from other installation contractors.
Project engineering work will start in the second quarter of 2009 and the installation campaign for the two substations and the 88 wind turbines will commence early in 2011. The installation work is planned to be completed during the third quarter of 2011. The contract value is estimated to be EUR 78 million (US$104.8 million).
Master Marine has two service jack construction vessels being built at the Drydocks World yard in Indonesia. The first vessel, which was awarded a three-year contract with ConocoPhillips in October of last year, will be delivered in the first quarter 2010, and the second vessel, which has been awarded the contract for the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm installation, will be delivered in the third quarter of 2010.
Scira Offshore Energy Ltd. was formed to develop the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, and is owned 50/50 by StatoilHydro and Statkraft. In December 2003 The Crown Estate offered Scira Offshore Energy Ltd. a license to develop an offshore wind farm in the Greater Wash are off eastern England. The license is one of 15 successful proposed projects in Great Britain, and one of eight proposed offshore wind farms in the Greater Wash area.
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will be 3.1 miles (5 km) north of the offshore sand bank known as Sheringham Shoal. Comprising an area of around 35 square kilometers (13.5 sq miles), the wind farm is close to Siemens’ Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm, which was only recently completed and is currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm.