Italian offshore services company Saipem said it has secured two new contracts for work related to offshore wind development projects in Scotland and Taiwan.
The two contracts, worth approximately €750 million ($826.4 million) combined, represents more than 15% of the E&C Offshore Division order intake year-to-date, as Saipem advances its position as a solutions provider to the extended energy sector beyond oil and gas.
One of the contracts, from the French company EDF Renewables, is for the construction of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) wind farm offshore Scotland and is the first turnkey project awarded to Saipem in the offshore wind farm sector.
The scope of work for consists of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of 54 steel foundation jackets for an equivalent number of wind turbines with a capacity of around 8 megawatts (MW) each, two steel foundation jackets for the offshore electrical substations and the transportation and installation of the relevant topsides. These jackets will be manufactured partly at a Saipem owned yard and partly in fabrication facilities located in Scotland. The jackets will be placed on piles at depths ranging from 40 to 60 meters.
Offshore installation activities will be carried out by the crane vessel Saipem 7000, which has a consolidated track record of operations in the North Sea.
The NnG offshore wind farm, 15 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland, will be deployed over an area of 105 square kilometers and will be capable of generating around 450MW of electricity.
Francesco Racheli, Chief Operating Officer of the Saipem E&C Offshore Division, said, “This EPCI contract awarded by EDF Renewables marks a key milestone in the pursuit of our strategy to become a reference player for large offshore wind farm developments and, more extensively, in the sphere of energy transition. This important achievement has been made possible thanks to our capabilities and expertise in engineering, fabrication and installation as well as to our assets, particularly suited to projects of this kind.”
Furthermore, Saipem has been awarded a new contract for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project. The scope of work entails the supply of material and fabrication of 32 foundation jackets for an equivalent number of wind turbine generators. The wind farm is being developed by a partnership between Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy, offshore Miaoli County on the West coast of Taiwan. Construction works for the project are scheduled to commence early 2020.