|18-12-2012||Last construction vessel leaves Sheringham Shoal site|
|For almost three years, North Norfolk residents and visitors have seen a wide assortment of different sized and shaped vessels working on the construction of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. Today the last of those vessels sailed out of the Greater Wash as construction on site is now fully complete.|
|22-11-2012||Wind farm vessel safely returns to shore after incident|
|Five personnel were safely brought back to Wells on the personnel transfer vessel Island Panther last night after the vessel was involved in a collision in the field with a transition piece.|
|18-10-2012||Egmere base almost complete|
|The operations and maintenance base now under construction at Egmere, just south of Wells-next- the-Sea is well on track to be completed by early December.|
|28-09-2012||Sheringham Shoal opened by Norway's Crown Prince|
|Norfolk's majestic Holkham Hall was the setting for yesterday's official opening of the 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.|
|27-09-2012||Norway's Crown Prince opens Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm|
|Today His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will officially open the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm built off the coast of Norfolk by owners Statoil and Statkraft.|
|31-07-2012||Scira thanks Wells with help from friends|
|Bjørn the polar bear, Pinky and Bluey the albino peacocks and the amazing wind people helped Scira say a huge thank you to Wells-next-the-Sea on the weekend as they performed at the opening day of the annual Carnival event.|
|30-07-2012||Wind farm operator presents green machine to holiday park|
|Staff at the award winning Kelling Heath Holiday Park now have use of an all-electric utility vehicle to help carry guests luggage and meet on-site transport needs following the recent presentation of the "green machine" to the park by wind farm operator Scira Offshore Energy.|
|25-07-2012||Duke of York visits Sheringham Shoal base|
|The Duke of York visited Scira's operations base in Wells-next-the-Sea yesterday and met with the team there to learn more about the Sheringham Shoal project and the rapidly developing offshore renewables industry in the UK.|
|23-07-2012||Guest entertainers help Scira thank Wells-next-the-Sea|
|The opening day of this year's Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival (Saturday, July 28) will feature guest entertainers and extra activities as Scira Offshore Energy will use the occasion to thank local people for their support throughout the construction of the Sheringham Shoal project.|
|20-07-2012||The Duke of York to visit Norfolk's offshore wind industry|
|The Duke of York will be in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk on Tuesday 24th July 2012, when he will be visiting Scira Offshore Energy and meeting staff from Gardline, the marine sciences company based in Great Yarmouth. His Royal Highness is interested to learn more about the rapidly developing offshore renewables industry in the UK.|
|10-07-2012||Turbine installation complete at Sheringham Shoal|
|The final blade of the eighty-eighth and last wind turbine at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm was bolted into place today marking one of the few remaining milestones in the construction of this 317MW project in the Greater Wash off the coast of North Norfolk.|
|29-06-2012||Sheringham Shoal Community Fund - Bursary Scheme for budding engineers|
|Scira Offshore Energy are evolving the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund, operated by Norfolk Community Foundation, to include a Bursary Scheme for young people from low income families who would like to study engineering at one of three Norfolk colleges. Potential students can now apply for a bursary to support their studies following the launch of the new scheme.|
|27-06-2012||Atticus Research calling Wells-next-the-Sea|
|More than 100 people who live, work or regularly visit Wells-next-the-Sea will shortly be telephoned as part of a community research project to determine their views on Scira and the Sheringham Shoal project.|
|20-06-2012||Construction progresses at Scira's new permanent O&M base|
|One of the owners of North Norfolk's Walsingham Estate placed the first stone in the wall of Scira's operational base at a small ceremony to mark a key stage in the building's construction.|
|19-06-2012||North Norfolk MP shows support for wind energy skills partnership|
|North Norfolk MP and Business Minister Norman Lamb visited Alderman Peel High School in Wells-next-the-Sea today to show support for a new partnership between the school and Scira Offshore Energy, operator of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which focuses on wind energy industry career opportunities.|
|12-06-2012||New safer vessel transfer system chosen for Sheringham Shoal|
|Scira Offshore Energy, operator of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, will utilise a new UK-designed vessel transfer system to provide its wind farm technicians with safe and reliable access to wind turbines in a range of weather conditions.|
|03-06-2012||Wind farm workers safely evacuated after transfer incident|
|Nine Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm workers were safely evacuated from their personnel transfer vessel Opal into a life raft yesterday evening after their vessel became lodged under the boat landing equipment of the floating hotel Regina Baltica.|
|19-04-2012||New vessels arrive for foundation protection at Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm|
|Keen observers of offshore activity at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will notice the arrival of two new vessels, the “Jan Steen” and the “HAM 602” over the coming weeks. These two specialist vessels are undertaking the procedures to protect the foundations and the J-tubes which house the cabling at the base of each turbine.|
|23-03-2012||Royal mention for Sheringham Shoal|
|The Norwegian King singled out the Sheringham Shoal project as a key example of the close technological and business cooperation between Norway and the UK during his speech at a dinner for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Oslo this week.|
|21-03-2012||Cable laying complete at Sheringham Shoal|
|The installation of the strings of cables connecting the wind turbines to the offshore substations at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is now complete.|
|15-03-2012||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.|
|12-03-2012||Sheringham Shoal stalwart vessel completes another project milestone|
|A stalwart vessel of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm fleet has left the Greater Wash after reaching another project milestone, the completion of the undersea works to prepare the site for the installation of the cables that transport the power generated by the wind turbines.|
|15-02-2012||Wind farm base tour for new Business Minister Norman Lamb|
|At the end of his first week in ministerial office, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb toured the Wells-next-the-Sea base of Scira Offshore Energy to find out about the construction of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm and learn more about the opportunities that it, and other offshore wind farms, will bring the area.|
|16-01-2012||New floating hotel for Sheringham Shoal wind farm|
|A new floating hotel for wind farm construction workers will arrive at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm next week to replace the previous “floatel”, which is required elsewhere.|
|08-12-2011||Norfolk artist paints Sheringham Shoal|
|Norfolk watercolourist, John Hurst who specialises in capturing the area's maritime heritage as well as local landscapes has turned his attention to the Sheringham Shoal project as an example of maritime history in the making.|
|07-12-2011||New turbine installation vessel to start at Sheringham Shoal|
|A replacement wind turbine installation vessel will arrive on site at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm in February to help reduce delays to the 317MW project's forecast schedule following a period of unseasonably poor weather.|
|02-12-2011||Scira helps Wells get its skates on|
|The annual Wells-next-the-Sea Christmas Tide event to welcome in the 2011 festive season, which this year included a Central Park style outdoor ice-skating rink, was once again supported by Scira.|
|19-10-2011||Completed bearings take a load off the foundations at Sheringham Shoal|
|The innovative elastometric spring bearings designed to improve the vertical load carrying capacity of the wind turbines of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, have now been installed on each of the 90 foundations at the site, 20 kilometres off the coast of the Norfolk in the UK.|
|30-09-2011||BBC Countryfile films Sheringham Shoal|
|John Craven and the team from BBC's Countryfile arrived in Wells-next-the-Sea yesterday to film Sheringham Shoal for a feature on offshore wind energy to be broadcast on Sunday, October 16.|
|22-09-2011||More vessels join Sheringham Shoal fleet|
|Two new vessels will join the growing fleet working on the site of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm today as the installation and commissioning of the 88 turbines progresses.|
|09-09-2011||Scira Offshore Energy's emergency preparedness has been put into action this week|
|Yesterday a contractor for one of the wind farm's construction suppliers fell ill due to a non-work related condition onboard the floating hotel “Wind Ambition” and had to be airlifted to hospital. Due to high sea conditions at the time a helicopter was called in to perform a medical evacuation.|
|23-08-2011||Foundation installation complete at Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm site|
|All 90 foundations for the 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located off the UK's Norfolk coast, are now in position and awaiting the arrival of the remainder of the wind farm's 88 turbines.|
|02-08-2011||First power to the Grid|
|The first turbine has been successfully installed and commissioned at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, and on 2nd August started producing electricity to the UK grid.|
|04-07-2011||First turbine installed at Sheringham Shoal|
|The Endeavour jacked up offshore at the wind farm site on Friday and completed the highly technical lifting procedure to raise and install the 80 metre tower, and subsequently the nacelle, of the first turbine in the field. By Sunday all three 52 metre blades had been successfully fitted.|
|24-06-2011||Celebrating the installation of the 44th foundation/TP|
|A small celebration took place at the Scira offices on Polka Road in Wells on 14 June 2011, to mark the successful installation of the 44th foundation for the windfarm.
|10-06-2011||Sheringham Shoal's first turbine due for installation this coming week, as the GMS Endeavour arrives from Great Yarmouth .......|
|The first turbines due to be installed at Sheringham Shoal have been transported by barge from the Danish port of Esjberg, and recently arrived in Great Yarmouth. Two barges are used for this operation, and each barge collects 6 sets of towers, nacelles and blades which make up the complete turbine.
|27-05-2011||New vessels due to arrive at Sheringham Shoal|
|Over the next few days the state of the art vessel Oleg Stashnov is due to arrive back at Sheringham Shoal along with new vessles Smit Constructor and a floating hotel the Wind Ambition.
|13-05-2011||Sheringham Shoal offshore substations in place|
|Two large offshore substations, each weighing nearly 1,000 tonnes, arrived off the North Norfolk coast at 22:00 on 3 May to be installed at the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. The substations will channel the energy generated by the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm to the onshore substation at Salle for distribution into the National Grid.
|04-05-2011||The “Oleg Strashnov” arrives off North Norfolk coast|
|A new vessel will be visible off the North Norfolk coast over the coming weeks as further work continues on the installation of the foundations for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. The “Oleg Strashnov” is a state-of-the-art crane vessel designed for heavy lifting operations, and its key features include a 5000-mt fully revolving crane combined with a high sailing speed of 14 knots.
|11-03-2011||Substation and foundation installation contract awarded|
|Seaway Heavy Lifting Contracting Ltd. has been awarded a contract by Scira Energy Offshore Limited for installation of the two offshore substations and the remaining number of foundations at Sheringham Shoal Offshore Windfarm operated by Scira Ltd. Scira Ltd is owned 50% by Statoil ASA and Statkraft AS.
|07-02-2011||Another North Norfolk business awarded Sheringham Shoal contract|
|Elite Taxis, a North Norfolk business in Wighton near Wells-next-the-Sea, has been awarded a contract from the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
|01-02-2011||Sheringham Shoal Visitor Centre opens in The Mo|
|While the construction of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm continues off the coast of the region, it is timely that the Sheringham Shoal Visitor Centre will open today. The visitor and wind energy education centre associated with this exciting renewable energy project is opening in The Mo, located on nearby Sheringham seafront.
|22-12-2010||New turbine installation contract awarded|
|Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has been awarded a contract by Scira Offshore Energy Limited for wind turbine installation works in connection with the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm construction. GMS will mobilize GMS Endeavour to the Southern North Sea during Q1 2011 and installation of wind turbines is scheduled to start in April-May.
|17-09-2010||Trio of vessels to install Sheringham Shoal export cable|
|A trio of large vessels will be visible off the north Norfolk coast over the coming weeks as work starts on the preparation of the route and installation of the export cable that will carry the electricity from the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm to shore.
|15-09-2010||Grant applications open|
|Applications are now open for the second round of grants from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund.
|15-09-2010||More than 700 to Scira stand at Greenbuild|
|The Scira stand at last weekend's Greenbuild event at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk attracted more than 700 visitors who were eager to find out about wind energy in general and the Sheringham Shoal project in particular.
|06-09-2010||Scira supporting Greenbuild 2010 this weekend|
|This weekend's North Norfolk District Council's Greenbuild event will once again be supported by the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which will sponsor the event for the second time.
|23-08-2010||Statement regarding Norfolk seal deaths|
|Recent media reports have attempted to implicate the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm operations in the death of more than 40 seals at Blakeney Point on the Norfolk coast. Both Scira and the police have checked all equipment on vessels operating at the site and found no connection.
|27-07-2010||First grants awarded by Sheringham Shoal Community Fund|
|The first grants have been awarded by the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund and will assist
three local community groups in their environmental endeavours.
|19-07-2010||Guard vessel now in operation on Sheringham Shoal wind farm site|
|A guard vessel is now in operation on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm to ensure the safety of marine traffic around the foundation installation sites and along the export cable corridor.
|13-07-2010||Public consultation on wind farm operational base|
|The developers of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will host a public exhibition and consultation event on their proposed operational base facility on Wednesday (July 21).
|28-06-2010||First foundation installed at Sheringham Shoal|
|The first foundation for the 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm has now been installed on the wind farm site, off the coast of Norfolk in the UK.
|14-06-2010||First foundation on way to Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm site|
|The first foundation for the Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm is now at Great Yarmouth, having arrived from Vlissingen in the Netherlands on the weekend.
|04-06-2010||Two reactors arrive at Salle substation|
|The two reactors for the new substation under construction at Salle, near Cawston, arrived on site this week.
|14-05-2010||First applications due for Fund grants|
|The deadline for applications for the first round of grants to be awarded by the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund is next Friday (May 21).
|30-04-2010||WWII bomb found on Sheringham Shoal site|
|A 250lb air-dropped German WWII bomb has been safely detonated on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site having been found during an unexploded ordnances (UXO) survey.|
|26-03-2010||Sheringham Shoal awards vessel work to Wells-next-the-Sea contractor|
|The first contracts for the provision of vessels to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm have been awarded to North Norfolk contractor, Safety Boat Services.|
|18-03-2010||Weybourne Parish Council receives grant from wind farm for low energy lighting initiative|
|Weybourne Parish Council will begin to replace its current inefficient streetlights with new energy saving lighting systems with funding assistance from the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.|
|09-03-2010||Construction work begins on Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site|
|Construction work on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site begins today (Tuesday, March 9), with the arrival of the 164m “Nordnes” vessel, which will position rocks at selected foundation locations in preparation for the start of the installation of the giant monopile structures next month.|
|16-02-2010||Wells Harbour construction complete|
|Construction work has finished on a new outer harbour in Wells which will be the operation and maintenance base for Sheringham Shoal.|
|04-02-2010||New outer harbour at Wells taking shape|
|A rectangular "pool" has been dredged at Buxton's Bight - near the local lifeboat station - which will house the new jetty and 14 pontoons due to be installed this month. A marine piling rig now in the port will soon be transported to the site where it will set the foundations for the facilities.|
|05-01-2010||Announcing Sheringham Shoal Community Fund|
|The Sheringham Shoal Community Fund, a fund that will provide grants to North Norfolk community groups, including schools and NGOs, seeking financial assistance for projects or initiatives that meet key criteria, has now been announced.|
|19-10-2009||First marine work begins on Sheringham Shoal with horizontal directional drilling.|
|The first marine work on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will begin on the weekend when contractor Visser & Smith Marine Contracting utilises a horizontal directional drilling technique to install ducts at Weybourne in preparation for the “pull-in” of the wind farm's two export cables. The 22 kilometre export cables will carry the power generated by the wind farm to landfall, where they will be connected to the onshore cable, now being installed by Carillion plc|
|15-10-2009||Wells Harbour dredger official naming ceremony.|
|The 200 tonne motorised barge tasked with deepening the Wells Harbour main channel to extend the operating hours of the historic port was officially named today (Thursday, October 15).|
|07-09-2009||Newt safety assured as substation work begins.|
|Having received a Newt Licence from Natural England - the final hurdle to start of construction - work has now begun on a multi-million pound substation at Salle, near Cawston, as part of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm development.|
|21-08-2009||Wind farm developers pay for Harbour safety boost.|
|The NCI Coastwatch Lookout at Wells is to get an £8,000 major upgrade - paid for by the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm developers.|
|13-07-2009||Wind energy visitor and education centre.|
|The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will work with the management of The Mo to establish a visitor and wind energy education centre in Sheringham, the North Norfolk seaside town after which the wind farm is named.|
|30-06-2009||Onshore work commences|
|After nearly five years of planning, public consultation and stakeholder negotiation, work on the £1 billion Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm project has finally commenced.|
|24-06-2009||Historic cooperation agreement signed.|
|An historic agreement was signed by the Wells Harbour Commissioners and the developer of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, Scira Offshore Energy Ltd last night in Wells-next-the-Sea.|
|19-06-2009||Wind farm helps fund rejuvenation of Plumstead Village pond.|
|Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm has agreed to help fund the Plumstead Parish Council's project to rejuvenate the overgrown and neglected village pond and upgrade the adjoining land.|
|17-06-2009||Charlie Ward takes wind farm project role at Wells.|
|Charlie Ward has recently been appointed as Project Manager for the Channel Deepening and Outer Jetty Project at Wells Harbour as part of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm development.|
|01-04-2009||StatoilHydro and Statkraft to develop offshore wind farm.|
|StatoilHydro and Norwegian power utility Statkraft join forces to develop the 317 MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk in the UK.|