Sembcorp Marine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sembmarine SLP Limited, has been awarded the Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) contract by Ørsted A/S for the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm, one of the world’s largest wind farms located 89 km off the Yorkshire coast in the UK North Sea.
The PPM contract involves the maintenance and servicing of the low voltage (LV) and ancillary systems on both the Offshore Substation (OSS) and Reactive Compensation Station (RCS), with provisions for further service extension. This exclusive contract marks the first sole supplier maintenance award for Sembmarine SLP and signifies a key milestone in the UK company’s long-established history. It also aligns with Sembmarine SLP’s strategic transition from fabricator to service provider in the offshore renewable space, in line with the current redevelopment of its existing facilities in Lowestoft.
Following a competitive tender process, Sembmarine SLP clinched the PPM contract underpinned by its extensive experience and expertise in delivering offshore oil & gas platforms, wind farm substations and subsea structures in the last 50 years.
The award of the PPM contract follows the successful fabrication of the OSS and RCS in Singapore by Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms Pte Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine) and the subsequent completion of the offshore installation, hook-up and commissioning of these platforms on-site at the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm by Sembmarine SLP at end March 2022. Despite the challenges and constraints, both subsidiaries could complete the project on time and within budget while meeting the customer’s stringent requirements for quality, safety and performance.
The Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm, which became fully operational at the end of August 2022, is expected to contribute significantly to Ørsted’s goal of installing 30GW offshore wind assets by 2030. Spanning 462 sqm (equivalent to more than 64,000 football pitches), the wind farm has a total capacity of over 1.3GW and can provide clean electricity to more than 1.4 million homes.
Mr Peter Russell, Transmission and Maintenance Manager at Ørsted, said: “It is great to have Sembmarine SLP on board as our exclusive service partner for the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm. They are perfectly placed to undertake the PPM element of the project following their excellent delivery of the hook-up and commissioning under challenging circumstances. We look forward to partnering with the Sembmarine SLP team to advance our renewable energy objectives through our Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm operations.”
Mr Colin Yaxley, Managing Director of Sembmarine SLP, said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with Ørsted once again and expanding our experience servicing offshore wind farms. Our success on the hook-up and commissioning of the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm platforms fabricated by our sister company, Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms in Singapore, has been a large contributing factor to our award for the PPM contract. This exclusive contract will position Sembmarine SLP as Ørsted’s main service provider for Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm’s LV and ancillary systems, enabling enhanced operational efficiency and greater risk mitigation for the developer. I look forward to building on our strong partnership with Ørsted and its partners in the region with the continued delivery of solutions of high quality, safety and service standards.”
The above contract is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Sembcorp Marine for the current fiscal year.
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