Aberdeen-based Swire Energy Services (SES) has landed a contract with Orsted for work on the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The global energy services company will provide helideck services and helicopter refuelling system services for Hornsea One in the southern North Sea.
Located off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea One consists of 174 wind turbines and has an installed capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW), meaning it can produce enough energy to power over a million homes.
The contract, which is expected to create “several” new jobs, will run for an initial two-years, with the option of two further one-year extensions.
It builds on the previous original equipment manufacturer (OEM) contract in 2017 for three complete helicopter refuelling systems.
Hornsea One became operational last year and is the first of four offshore wind farms being developed in the same part of the North Sea by Orsted.
Construction of Hornsea Two is ongoing, while Hornsea Three was granted a Development Consents Order in December 2020.
Hornsea Four is currently in the pre-application phase.
Under the terms of the new contract, there is scope for the provision of aviation services for additional Hornsea installations later in the project.
It will be delivered by SES’ aviation teams in Aberdeen, Norway and the UAE, with support from the company’s global aviation centre of excellence.
Jonathan Hughes, vice president aviation at SES, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our long-standing relationship with Ørsted following the award of this new aviation contract.
“This is a significant project to be involved in and we look forward to supporting them with the ongoing efficient operation of the Hornsea One and Hornsea Two wind farms over the coming years.
“Providing aviation services for the world’s largest wind farm is precedence of our continued growth, following the acquisition of Norwegian based Helifuel AS last year.”