Two-year contract completes on wind farm to power city of Aberdeen

Rigmar Group, the global inspection, maintenance and marine services company, has successfully delivered a two-year contract to carry out inspection and maintenance for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

Rigmar used a team of specialist personnel on the offshore wind farm project.
Rigmar used a team of specialist personnel on the offshore wind farm project.

The project, delivered during 2019 and 2020, is the largest inspection and maintenance contract awarded at the wind farm by Vattenfall, which owns the 11-turbine facility.

Valued at an annual six-figure sum, the project was delivered by teams comprising a total of 16 Rigmar personnel and included underwater surveys and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspections, data processing and chart production, rope access inspection and maintenance.

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Keith Nelson, chief executive of Rigmar, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, said: “This was our first offshore wind project as a main contractor, and we have proven that our skills and expertise from decades operating in the oil and gas industry is fully transferable to the renewables industry.”

The 11 turbines off the coast of Aberdeen have a total generating capacity of 96.8 megawatts, which can supply the equivalent of 70 per cent of Aberdeen’s household electricity demand.

Alexandra Richards, operations and maintenance manager for Vattenfall, said: “We had the same team over the two years which maintained continuity on the project and resulted in a successful delivery. This year we had the added challenge of the ongoing global pandemic, but Rigmar still managed to deliver on time and within budget.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen-based remote inspection specialist AISUS has hailed the completion of its largest project to date.

The firm undertook an “complex inspection work-scope” for Repsol Norge on the Yme platform, located some 100 kilometres off the Norwegian coastline.

The Yme field was developed by Statoil from 1996 to 2001 and is now being redeveloped by Repsol Norge.

Andrew Mitchell, managing director of AISUS, part of Valor Energy Group, said: “Not only is this the largest project completed to date but it highlights that our expertise can be harnessed regardless of the project location. The successful completion of this Norwegian project for Repsol Norge AS complements our international growth strategy.”

He added: “This contract win and successful completion has been a major boost for the business, helping us achieve record-breaking results whilst gaining market entry into the Norwegian continental shelf.”

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