James Fisher Marine Services and its subsidiary Rotos 360 secures framework blade maintenance and repair contract with Vattenfall to help optimise wind farm performance

James Fisher Marine Services

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), has been awarded a framework contract to deliver wind turbine blade maintenance and repair services to leading European energy firm, Vattenfall, to help optimise wind farm performance.

JFMS is one of three firms involved in the framework agreement, which covers nearly 50 onshore and offshore wind farms across Northern Europe, which will ensure the ongoing operational effectiveness and safety of over 900 wind turbines. As part of the contract, JFMS’s specialist subsidiary, Rotos 360 - known for its pioneering approach for cost-effective and efficient blade repair services, will deliver inventive and proactive solutions across blade inspection, repair and maintenance campaigns.

Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK country manager, said: “We look forward to collaborating with GEV Wind Power, James Fisher Marine Services and Danish Blade Service, whose expertise matches Vattenfall’s standard of excellence across all our operations.

“The UK’s offshore wind industry is world-leading, and will make a crucial contribution to achieving the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  I’m delighted that these companies will share their services and experience in pursuit of this goal.

“The launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK last year has boosted investor confidence, because it defines a number of targets, which are to be achieved by the UK Government and the offshore wind sector. These targets cover offshore wind deployment, creation and security of tens of thousands of jobs, employing a more diverse and skilled workforce, and significant opportunities for UK businesses.  Our collaboration with GEV Wind Power and James Fisher Marine Services, both based in the East of England, demonstrates our commitment to enable the untapped potential of UK companies in the renewables sector to be realised, and boosting local employment and economic regeneration.”

The agreement will provide wind turbine up-tower blade maintenance and repair across five countries of operation, including the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, covering onshore and offshore wind turbines, over a minimum two-year period.

Barry Jennings, managing director at James Fisher Marine Services, commented: “We’re delighted to be part of this framework agreement to deliver services to one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, and look forward to working alongside Vattenfall to help achieve its fossil-free targets over the next two years.”

John Galliford, operations director at Rotos 360, commented: “Since James Fisher’s acquisition of Rotos 360, a team of highly-skilled and experienced specialists offering industry-leading complex blade repair services, we have been helping to optimise the topside performance of offshore wind projects all around the UK. The cornerstone of this has been the use of the latest innovations available to the industry, incorporating platform deployment, composite technology and marine solutions, to identify and repair damage, excessive wear and other potential issues that can affect the performance of wind turbine blades.”

With the launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in 2019, confidence in the industry has grown and attracted further investment and opportunities. This agreement with Vattenfall will help support job creation in the East Anglian and Humber regions, with JFMS based in Lowestoft and Grimsby.