Heerema Hartlepool, one of the fabrication locations of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), has been awarded a contract to fabricate and load out two substation platform topsides for the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm by AREVA T&D UK on behalf of owners Statoil and Statkraft.

Earlier this year Heerema Hartlepool, in tandem with sister company HFG Engineering, successfully completed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the UK’s first offshore wind farm substation, which was loaded out and positioned off the east coast of England in September.

Securing this latest project will safeguard employment at the Hartlepool facility, which is currently also constructing and commissioning the 6,500t Nexen Buzzard production sweetening deck and bridge, due for offshore installation in the spring of 2010.

Between them, the projects in hand in 2009 have provided employment for more than 1,000 personnel at Heerema Hartlepool, with additional supply-chain jobs being created for other companies in the North East and other regions.

Situated between 17km and 23km north off the Norfolk coast and due to come on-stream in late 2011, the Sheringham Shoal wind farm will generate 1.1TWh of green energy annually, enough to power 220,000 British homes. Compared to fossil fuels, this means a reduction of about 500,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Each of the Sheringham Shoal decks has a length of 30.5m, width of 17.7m and height of 16m, with a weight of approximately 1,000t. The topsides will be constructed and onshore commissioned in Heerema Hartlepool’s extensive indoor fabrication halls in Hartlepool. They are scheduled to sail out from Hartlepool in September 2010.

Supporting the green energy strategy

“The award of Sheringham Shoal is another important step for Heerema Hartlepool and HFG in the expanding offshore wind energy sector,” says Frank Moran, managing director of Heerema Hartlepool.

“It builds on our earlier success in this area, drawing on our extensive offshore oil and gas experience for this new market. We are proud to be in a position to play our part in implementing the Government’s green energy strategy over the coming years and, especially in these challenging economic times, to continue providing substantial employment in Hartlepool and the North East.”

“We look forward to working with AREVA, project managers Wood Group Engineering and owners Statoil and Statkraft to achieve a safe and successful completion of this important project. We will of course continue to serve the oil and gas industry as before, as the Heerema Group has done successfully for almost 60 years.”

The Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm project is owned jointly by Statoil (50%) and Statkraft (50%) through Scira Offshore Energy. Statoil is the operator for the development phase and Scira will be the operator of the wind farm.

Headquartered in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, as part of the Heerema Group, HFG offers innovative, cost-effective and high quality engineering driven fabrication solutions for structures to the global oil, gas and energy industry.

HFG owns three large fabrication locations situated in Vlissingen and Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, and Hartlepool, UK, as well as a workshop facility in Opole, Poland. HFG also owns a multi-disciplined engineering company with offices in Houston and New Orleans, US, and Zwijndrecht.