Tuesday 8 April 2014

Atkins wins design contract for major UK offshore wind farm

Atkins has been awarded an additional contract by DONG Energy. Atkins is now contracted to design five offshore substations for DONG Energy.

"With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore," Dave Parkin, managing director of Atkins’ Power and Renewables business said.

"Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources.”

The contract will see Atkins provide detailed substation designs for Race Bank, one of DONG Energy’s major offshore wind development projects in the UK.

Atkins is also designing the substations for DONG Energy’s Walney and Burbo extension projects.

"DONG Energy has a tough target to cut the cost of offshore wind by 35 – 40 per cent by 2020," Benj Sykes, UK country manager for DONG Energy Wind Power said.

"We are doing this through standardising the building of a wind farm.  Atkins is working with us to provide a design for five substations that can be applied to three of our projects.  This will enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time and will reduce costs without compromising safety and reliability. It becomes more like buying off the shelf than ordering a unique product and that brings cost savings."

The project, located in the Greater Wash area off the east coast of England, has a capacity of up to 580 megawatt with offshore construction due to commence from 2017.

“I want to see more UK firms throughout the supply chain profiting from the growth in sustainable power," Minister for Business and Energy Michael Fallon said.

"This contract is a promising step towards the creation of more highly skilled jobs as we establish a dependable and affordable energy mix."