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Swaffham company wins wind farm base construction contract

 

The main contractor for the construction of the onshore operational base for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm has been announced as the North Norfolk operations of Mansell Construction Services Ltd.

 

Architect's impression on the new Scira base to be built by Swaffham's Mansell Construction Services.

Architect's impression on the new Scira base to be built by Swaffham's Mansell Construction Services.

 

Part of the global Balfour Beatty Group, Mansell is based at Swaffham's Ecotech Innovation and Business Park and employs more than 100 people. The firm will utilise a number of sub-contractors, primarily locally based firms with experience in the type of functions required.

 

Scira Offshore Energy's base, to be located three miles south of Wells-next-the-Sea, will be a state-of-the-art construction housing the 50 strong wind farm operation's team, which includes the Siemens wind turbine technicians who will head offshore daily to maintain the 88 turbines at the 317MW wind farm

 

Designed by Norwich based LSI Architects, the base will include an office, warehousing, a service yard, landscape gardening and adequate parking for staff and visitors.

 

Initial preparation works at the 0.97 hectare site (2.4 acres), located on the Walsingham Estate in Egmere, involved the diversion of existing powerlines, which were replaced with underground cables to enable utilities and services to be brought on to the site. Completed in February, this work by UK Power Network will also enable Mansell and its sub-contractors safe site access.

 

Scira General Manager, Einar Strømsvåg said he is pleased to announce the contract with Mansell as the firm understands the Norfolk area and has shown a commitment to developing long-term partner relationships and to delivering quality results on both refurbishment and new build projects

 

"Site offices will shortly be set up and construction will start with highways work and initial groundworks followed by the building foundations, drainage and erection of the frames," Mr Strømsvåg said. "Once work begins we expect the base will rapidly begin to take shape with completion scheduled for the end of this year."

 

"We intend to move out of the temporary offices in Polka Road, Wells-next-the-Sea and into the newly constructed facility in early 2013."

 

Mansell Regional Managing Director, Dean Burgess said that the company was privileged to have been selected by Scira as the construction partner for the onshore operational base.

 

"This project enables us to continue our commitment to the sustainable and renewables market at a local level with a multinational partner," he said.

 

An information meeting will be held with local Egmere residents at the end of this month to ensure they are updated on the construction plans.

 

The wind farm itself is also under construction, with a total of 32 of its 88 turbines now in place and completion scheduled for late summer 2012. The project is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through joint venture company Scira with Statoil the project manager during construction.

 

For further information: Liz Hancock, Communications Manager, Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm on mobile: +44 7557 264326 or email: l.hancock@scira.co.uk.

 

Issue Date: 15-03-2012

 

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