James Fisher nets more work on East Anglia One

ScottishPower Renewables

ScottishPower Renewables, which is developing the
East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm off the coast of East Anglia, has awarded James Fisher Marine Services a £5.6 million contract for scheduled maintenance.

The ‘Above Water Balance of Plant’ contract lasts for three years, with an extension option after the initial contract term. It will see members of James Fisher Marine Services, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, working onshore and offshore to service the wind farm. It is estimated that this contract will bring around 20 new jobs to the company’s base in Lowestoft.

This new contract brings the total value of contracts for James Fisher Marine Services working on this particular wind farm over £35 million; these contracts include integrated marine services and removal of unexploded ordinance.

ScottishPower Renewables has made a concerted effort to employ East of England companies on the project and has committed to spending over £70 million with businesses across the region on the wind farm.

Scott McMillan, operations and maintenance director at James Fisher Marine Services, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by ScottishPower Renewables and extend our close working relationship with the East Anglia ONE team.

“As a company rooted in Lowestoft, we are really proud to be part of a local supply chain that celebrated a collective achievement when the wind farm generated first power earlier this year, and made huge strides towards helping to produce the clean energy the UK needs, whilst also providing opportunities to the people and businesses of East Anglia.”

ScottishPower Renewables recently opened a new operations and maintenance (O&M) base at Lowestoft Port, where up to 100 long-term employees will be based.

Charlie Jordan, Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We’re delighted to have such a strong supply chain in East Anglia and we’re really pleased to be furthering our working relationship with the James Fisher team.

“Many fantastic companies from across the East of England have played important roles in bringing East Anglia ONE to fruition and we are committed to working with the region’s businesses on our current and future East Anglia windfarms.”

Located 43km off the Suffolk coast, East Anglia ONE is a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). The wind farm supplied its first power to the grid in September 2019. Once fully operational in 2020, it is estimated, EA1 will provide sufficient power for the equivalent of more than 630,000 homes per year.

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