Vattenfall inks blade contracts with UK and Danish companies

In: Windfarms
Two east of England businesses, James Fisher Marine Services and GEV Wind Power, have secured contracts alongside Danish Blade Service with Swedish energy group Vattenfall to keep more than 900 wind turbines turning safely across five countries.

The companies will support blade maintenance and repair up wind turbine towers across the Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as Vattenfall’s UK wind farms. The framework agreement covers work on 50 onshore and offshore wind farms for a minimum of two years.

GEV Wind Power, which has a base in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, and James Fisher Marine Services, based in Lowestoft, said job numbers would increase with exact numbers to emerge once scopes of work had been agreed with Vattenfall, which plans to build two of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms off the Norfolk coast.

David Fletcher, GEV Wind Power CEO, said: “We look forward to supporting Vattenfall in maintaining their rotor blades across the various on and offshore sites, leveraging our multi-brand capability and European operational infrastructure.

“As the leading independent service provider solely focused on blade maintenance, we will deliver best in class health and safety standards, with industry leading field reporting technology and provide access to Europe’s largest pool of dedicated blade technicians”.

Barry Jennings, Managing Director at James Fisher Marine Services, said: “The cornerstone of this has been a trailblazing mindset and the use of the latest innovations available to the industry, incorporating platform deployment, composite technology and marine solutions, to identify and repair damage, excessive wear and other potential issues that can affect the performance of wind turbine blades.”

“We’re delighted to be part of this framework agreement with one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers and look forward to working closely with Vattenfall to help achieve its fossil-free targets over the next two years.”

The framework agreement comes just months after Vattenfall awarded another East Anglia-based wind business a framework agreement for inspection services across the same five countries. Worley, formerly 3sun Group, based at Great Yarmouth, won the largest contract in its wind operation’s history last November.

Vattenfall is developing two offshore wind farms off the east coast of the UK. Vattenfall is hoping for consent in June and November for the
Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects. The two arrays would have a combined capacity of 3.6 GW and could be operational from the mid-2020s. The projects' combined capacity is expected to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand today of 2.6 million UK households, almost 10% of UK household demand.

Danielle Lane, Vattenfall UK Country Manager, said the company was committed to investing in the local supply chain in line with the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced last year.

“We look forward to collaborating with GEV Wind Power, James Fisher Marine Services and Danish Blade Service, whose expertise matches Vattenfall’s standard of excellence across all our operations.

“The UK’s offshore wind industry is world-leading, and will make a crucial contribution to achieving the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  I’m delighted that these companies will share their services and experience in pursuit of this goal.

“The launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK last year has boosted investor confidence, because it defines a number of targets, which are to be achieved by the UK Government and the offshore wind sector. These targets cover offshore wind deployment, creation and security of tens of thousands of jobs, employing a more diverse and skilled workforce, and significant opportunities for UK businesses.  Our collaboration with GEV Wind Power and James Fisher Marine Services, both based in the East of England, demonstrates our commitment to enable the untapped potential of UK companies in the renewables sector to be realised, and boosting local employment and economic regeneration.”

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