N. Sea oil engineering contractor wins Scottish offshore turbine farm wind-gineering deals

The Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth
The Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth

Petrofac – a North Sea oil engineering contractor – has concluded a long-term framework agreement  with Transmission Capital to provide engineering services for six offshore wind farm projects.

Under the five-year deal, Petrofac has already been awarded two subsea engineering work scopes on key export cables connecting the Lincs and Robin Rigg offshore windfarms with their onshore transmission systems.

The agreement will enable Petrofac to also support future engineering requirements across all of Transmission Capital’s export cables and substations in the North and Irish seas.

Usman Darr, Vice-President, Petrofac Engineering and Production Services, said: “This new wind-gineering contract follows similar Petrofac deals in British and German offshore wind markets, where it has been providing engineering, procurement and construction support on major fixed and floating wind developments, as well as designing and engineering subsea cables.”





Smoke-and-mirror signals from Scottish Renewables on oil and gas?


The ‘ there is more that unites us than divides us’ smoke-signal is being heavily-puffed up the lum from the wind-dominated Scottish Renewables** industry association on the common issues and sharing of best-practice and similar skills between the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors:

So much so, that the traditionally oil-and-gas only Wood Group diversified into renewables last year when it acquired a Glasgow-based green-consultancy. Other large conglomerates elsewhere in Scotland and in England’s N. Sea oil and gas sector in Norfolk, are doing likewise.

In Scotland, ONLY Scottish Energy News provides the 3-in-1 one-stop, all energy sectors, coverage of oil, gas, wind, solar, biomass, wave and tidal power and hydrogen energy.

Therefore, for Scottish Renewables to overlook Scottish Energy News and instead form ‘partnerships’ with England-based and English-owned media – which cover only the wind energy sector – is, at best, ‘curious’.

Or, as Lt. Spock would have said to Capt. James T. Kirk on the USS Enterprise: “That’s illogical, captain.”


* * The Scottish Renewables chief executive has said she can see a “really strong relationship” forming between the oil and gas and renewables sectors as they look towards the energy transition.

Claire Mack looked at the similarities and ways each sector can benefit the other, saying that they share a common language and way of working, particularly in terms of the supply chain. She said:

“I can see a really strong relationship between oil and gas and renewables in terms of managing that energy transition and we’re both talking the same language around about that.

3 May 2018

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