A group of engineering companies have joined forces to help one of the largest energy companies in the UK to reduce costs on wind farms projects.
Atkins, Burntisland Fabrications, Siemens, Siemens Transmission and Distribution and Subsea 7 have all signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to form a framework of key suppliers to help to drive efficiencies in offshore wind programmes.
Engineering consultancy Atkins’ will include the provision of engineering design advice. Martin Grant, managing director of Atkins’ energy division said: “This alliance reinforces our commitment to helping UK’s energy providers to realise their ambition of delivering electricity from offshore wind schemes on a significant scale. We have a wealth of expertise we can bring to the table.”
The supplier framework will form an offshore wind alliance designed to help secure substantial reductions in the cost of delivered power from offshore wind farms. Over the next few months, the parties plan to work together to agree the formal commercial arrangements, before embarking on design activities.
Jim Smith, director of offshore renewables at SSE, said that the alliance would help ensure the long term success of the wind farm sector. “The energy potential of offshore wind is vast. In a resource and carbon-constrained world it is potential we need to fulfil.”