James Fisher maintenance contract

The London Array Wind Farm is a 175 turbine 630 MW Round 2 offshore wind farm located 20 km off the Kent coast in the outer Thames Estuary (Photo: London Array) The London Array Wind Farm is a 175 turbine 630 MW Round 2 offshore wind farm located 20 km off the Kent coast in the outer Thames Estuary (Photo: London Array)

London Array Limited has selected James Fisher to provide the complete maintenance solution on its UK 630MW offshore wind farm.

The deal consists of a trio of milestone contracts, affirming the company’s status as a leading provider of unique and flexible integrated services to the offshore renewables sector.

Already appointed by London Array as the contractor for topside balance of plant (BoP) services, JFMS will now also provide subsea services, including inspection of the substation and all wind turbine generators (WTGs), together with high voltage (HV) services –all under five-year agreements or until at least 2023.

In addition to the BoP scope of work, sister company EDS HV Group – recently acquired by James Fisher and Sons plc as the renewables industry’s foremost HV company – will provide support services London Array’s HV network on a 24/7 basis through its state-of-the-art control centre, including the associated offshore transmission owner (OFTO) assets.

Fergus Graham, executive director at James Fisher and Sons plc, said:  “The complete maintenance package we are providing brings together our extensive capability across JFMS for the topside and subsea element, as well as EDS HV for HV support services. This demonstrates our capability to manage every phase of a wind farm’s life cycle, from construction support through to decommissioning.”

Looking ahead, JFMS now aims to add value to its London Array operations through further exposure to intelligent systems and services, including risk-based inspection, condition monitoring, further multiskilling of personnel and digital solutions.

JFMS has experienced rapid growth in the offshore renewables sector, including nascent energy projects, as a result of its integrated services model and commitment to supporting the local supply chain wherever it operates.

By Jake Frith

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