Swire Energy Services wins Ørsted aviation contract
Swire Energy Services (SES) has won a new contract with Ørsted in the southern British North Sea.
The two-year contract, with the option of two one-year extensions, covers the provision of helideck and helicopter refueling system services for Hornsea One, billed as “the world’s largest wind farm. offshore in the world ”, off the Yorkshire coast.
This contract builds on the previous Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) contract in 2017, for three complete helicopter refueling systems, and includes additional scope for the provision of aeronautical services for additional Hornsea facilities more late in the project.
Jonathan Hughes, Vice President of Aviation at Swire Energy Services, said: “This is an important project to participate in and we look forward to supporting them in the efficient and continued operation of the Hornsea One and Hornsea Two over the next few years. Providing aeronautical services for the world’s largest wind farm is the priority of our continued growth, following the acquisition of Helifuel AS, based in Norway last year.
The contract will be executed by SES aviation teams in Aberdeen, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, with support from the company’s global aviation center of excellence.
The announcement comes just weeks after the expansion of SES’s wind power division with the significant acquisition of Danish specialist wind services provider ALL NRG.
This week Ørsted revealed plans to invest up to £ 12bn directly with Scottish companies in the development and construction of offshore wind farms in the country over the next 10 years, with additional billions to be spent with companies in the Scottish supply chain once these wind farms are operational. .
These proposals are contained in bids submitted to Crown Estate Scotland as part of its ScotWind offshore wind lease cycle and would provide more than 8.5 GW of clean, renewable electricity if Ørsted’s bids are successful.
The company has submitted bids for five projects, two floating wind bids only as part of its joint venture partnership with BlueFloat Energy and Falck Renewables, and three more as single Ørsted which include a mix of fixed and floating wind technology.
Martin Neubert, Commercial Director of Ørsted, said he aspires to become the global leader in green energy by 2030. “Orsted has the largest development pipeline in the offshore wind industry and our ambition is clearly to remain the world leader in the offshore wind market. “
In another energy boost for the UK’s east coast, Grimsby has been chosen as the site for an innovative ‘marinized’ electrolyser project for the production of renewable hydrogen.
The OYSTER project funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) will develop and demonstrate an electrolyser system designed to be integrated into offshore wind turbines. The project will also investigate the possibility of using pipelines to transport hydrogen to dry land.