Written by Elaine Maslin -
Energy firm 3sun Group has picked up a three-year contract with wind farm operator Scira Offshore Energy for work offshore east Anglia.
The company, based in Great Yarmouth, is to provide operational services for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
This will include a statutory certification and inspection service for all onshore and offshore equipment of the wind farm, which includes 88 wind turbines, two offshore substations and an onshore substation.
It will also include general engineering services including design, supporting calculations, production of engineering documentation, fabrication, painting, mechanical and electrical installation/assembly and retro-fit works.
Scira’s general manager Einar Stromsvag said: “Now that the construction of the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm is complete, and Scira assume full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the plant, we need to ensure that we have a supply chain which can support the technical integrity of our wind farm.”
Graham Hacon, managing director of 3sun Group, said: “Securing this contract from Scira is great news and sees us ending a very strong year on a high.
“We look forwarding to commencing the work and strengthening our relationship with Scira.
“We recently launched our new, larger Great Yarmouth headquarters, following a £500,000 investment, and have pledged to continue to support the local economy and employment in the region.
“We aim to recruit at least 12 people in Great Yarmouth by the end of the year, and as we secure more contracts on and offshore the UK and across the world we will continue to recruit.”
Scira’s Colin Galer, a mechanical engineer in the operation and maintenance department, will co-ordinate the service provision from 3sun Group.
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through joint venture operating company Scira Offshore Energy.
3sun Group employs more than 175 staff working both on and offshore and has worked on energy projects all over the world including UK, Malta, Tunisia, Ghana, Singapore, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ireland, France, Denmark, Sweden, the USA and New Zealand.
It provides products and services to the oil and gas, marine and renewable sectors, specifically control and instrumentation products and services along with specialist equipment for inspection capabilities.