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With over 10 years in the renewable energy industry, SgurrEnergy has developed a wealth of experience and expertise in offshore wind, working on a number of high-profile offshore projects, supporting developers and owners as well as lenders and investors.
The dedicated team look after projects from initial concept and planning, through to the management of the construction phase and post-construction power performance testing and optimisation.
The complexity of offshore wind projects varies, as does the site environment and the project’s needs. Because of our track record, we are well equipped to deal with these complexities- whether it be enhanced health and safety management or harsh construction conditions.
Below is a snapshot of some of the work that SgurrEnergy has undertaken in offshore wind, taking you through some of our key global projects.
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German project and export finance bank KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH acted as technical bank for the lenders on this 288MW offshore wind farm. We were commissioned as lenders’ engineer to the club of origination banks and provided technical due diligence for their investment in this, Germany’s second project-financed offshore wind farm.
In advance of our full lenders engineer services, we provided independent technical and commercial advice to both the project company and its financial advisors on the bankability and technology risks of the project, enabling a faster and smoother project finance process.
SgurrEnergy provided a wide range of services to the lenders including:
Our client engaged us to provide advice on the health and safety and environmental requirements of the UK offshore market to assist with their development of ‘next generation’ wind turbines.
We conducted detailed studies of current and emerging regulations, standards and best practices regarding machinery safety, offshore operations, aviation and navigational risks, and environmental impact across the full lifecycle of an offshore wind development.
Detailed study findings were presented in guidebook format, supported by training workshops and highlighted areas where wind turbine designers have direct responsibilities and how their designs can assist other duty holders in fulfilling their responsibilities.
Further work has since been conducted on behalf of this client including hazard identification and risk assessment of lifecycle technology, safety and environmental issues affecting the design, installation and operation of wind turbines on offshore projects.
As owner’s engineer for this high profile project, our assignment to date has included preparing various technical reports and reviews, producing the employer’s requirements and project specification documents issued to EPC and wind turbine supply bidders. We were also responsible for supporting bid evaluations and contract negotiations with suppliers and contractors, and providing direct support to Cape Wind.
Additional responsibilities included supporting the preparation of construction and operation plans to the BOEMRE as part of the federal offshore leasing process.
This project is currently the most advanced utility-scale offshore wind farm development in the US. We continue to provide engineering and contract support to Cape Wind, with our US staff forming an integral part of Cape Wind’s delivery team.
The Princess Amalia wind park produces around 435GWh of electricity yearly, reducing the Netherlands dependency on fossil fuel imports. Formerly known as Q7, the Princess Amalia wind park is the world’s first project financed offshore wind park sitting 23km off the shore of IJmuiden, Holland.
SgurrEnergy was technical advisor for this multi-megawatt project on behalf of a consortium of lenders. We performed the energy yield due diligence and carried out a technology assessment. We also carried out an analysis of long term wind speed trends to get the long term picture for the life of the wind farm and concluded the work with a quantification of the risks.
SgurrEnergy teamed up with external parties to perform the energy yield due diligence and technology assessment on behalf of the consortium of lenders for Thornton Bank offshore wind farm located 28 km off the Belgium coast near Zeebruge.
The work also included a quantification and mitigation of the development risks and the project has now been operational since June 2008.
SgurrEnergy, in partnership with Metoc plc, has been appointed as lenders engineer to advise a consortium of lenders on the development of a 150MW offshore wind farm. This project is part of the world’s first offshore gas-wind hybrid energy generation project sited in the Irish Sea.
As the appointed lenders engineer, SgurrEnergy has provided:
The project has gained planning approval and completion is anticipated in 2009.
This project encompasses multiple sites along the coast. SgurrEnergy carried out the following:
SgurrEnergy completed a review of the different constraints which could affect the development, construction and operation of wind farms within each of the nine designated Round 3 sites as identified by Crown Estates in the UK. Our work also looked at the impact on capital and operating costs resulting from differences in zone size, distance from shore, grid connection issues and potential site conditions.
Having completed our review of all nine sites, we conducted a detailed constraints and economic assessment of our client’s short-listed Round 3 sites.
As an internationally recognised expert in the development of renewable energy projects, SgurrEnergy was engaged through the China Renewable Energy Scale-up Programme (CRESP, which consists of the Government of China and major international bodies such as the World Bank) to evaluate multiple offshore sites along the Chinese coast.
The work included a site visit to the Fujian coast and the preparation of a report that maps out a strategy for development of offshore wind farms in the region by considering a broad range of technical, financial and economic drivers and constraints.
Our role included:
The results of our work formed a central part of the Government’s strategy for developing offshore wind projects for China.
SgurrEnergy worked with Metoc Plc and acted as lenders’ engineer to a consortium of major project finance banks for a 400MW offshore wind farm in Germany.
We provided a comprehensive due diligence report on the technical and contractual issues involved in the project, including assessments of contractual structure and interface risk, key project agreements, capabilities of the key project participants, energy yield and of the 5MW turbine. We also reviewed the environmental and permitting aspects of the project.
SgurrEnergy undertook a review of the 1GW London Array offshore wind farm project on behalf of Masdar.
Providing a focused assessment of the project’s permitting situation, contracting status and structure, construction timescales, capital and operating cost estimates and energy yield base case within challenging timescales were some of the services that SgurrEnergy provided.
SgurrEnergy was appointed by the shareholders of the North Hoyle offshore wind farm to lead the tender assessment process for the wind farm’s 5-year, £25M post-WOM (warranted operations and maintenance) contract. SgurrEnergy successfully assembled and managed a team of engineers, asset managers and lawyers from different companies across the UK to undertake the tender assessment process. SgurrEnergy’s role included:
The project was completed within the client’s pre-defined budget and timescale.
SgurrEnergy provided technical due diligence work on the Airtricity Holdings Limited acquisition.
The work was undertaken for Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), who announced the £1.1billion deal on 4 January 2008. SSE acquired all of Airtricity’s assets making it the largest wind farm operator across the British Isles. Interests throughout the UK and Ireland include a 308MW portfolio of operational wind farms as well as 500MW of developments with planning consent.
Globally, the Dublin-based company has a pipeline of more than 9000MW invarious stages of development, more than two thirds of which is based in China, with extensive plans for Portugal and the Netherlands.
SgurrEnergy’s multi-disciplinary team provided a broad range of technical services beginning with a market analysis of each of the countries associated with the portfolio and a prediction of future energy outputs. An assessment of operational performance of wind farms was carried out in addition to a technical review of operational and development-phase projects.