An oilfield services firm with a major operating base in Aberdeen has bagged its first significant Scottish offshore wind contract in what is understood to be a multi-million deal.
Petrofac, a FTSE-250 firm, was today named as the preferred supplier of onshore and offshore substations for SSE’s giant Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm.
It is understood the onshore work will create around 100 jobs locally.
The contract, agreed with SSE subsidiary, SSE Renewables, will see Petrofac responsible for the design, supply and installation of onshore and offshore substations as part of the project’s transmission package.
Petrofac, who are a Tier 1 supplier on the 120-turbine wind project, are thought to have agreed a deal worth “tens of millions”, a source said.
Petrofac will also bring in an unnamed Scottish engineering contractor for some of the onshore substation work.
Elie Lahoud, Petrofac’s group managing director of engineering and construction, said: “We have been involved in a number of similar projects in the North Sea and are delighted to have been appointed to be part of the Seagreen project, which will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.
“This will enable us to continue to grow our capability and experience in offshore wind and supports our diversification into renewable energy.”
Petrofac have been involved in the BorWin3 offshore grid connection project in the German North Sea and the Galloper offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.
Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm is expected to have a £6bn lifetime investment and could bring thousands of jobs to the area during the construction phase.
It is also understood that up to 410 jobs could be created to operate the wind farm.
John Hill, Seagreen project director at SSE Renewables, said: “We are pleased to welcome the expertise of Petrofac to the Seagreen project.
“With their experience across engineering, procurement, construction and installation in this sector we have secured a high level of project certainty in delivering these key elements of the works.
“We are working towards final investment decision, expected in the coming months, for the project and are looking forward to working with Petrofac to transport the clean, renewable energy generated by Seagreen onshore and onto the National Grid.”