RES Offshore has been awarded a one year extension to the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services contract with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult for the met mast installed approximately three nautical miles off Blyth.
RES will continue to deliver scheduled maintenance, unscheduled maintenance and 24/7 remote operations for the structures, equipment and instrumentation systems including all work on the masts together with project management, data management and procurement of vessels and subcontractors.
This extension follows successful delivery of the previous two-year agreement and work carried out by RES Offshore as the Owner’s Engineer during mast construction.
RES has gained considerable experience and expertise from providing O&M services to SMart Wind's Hornsea met mast, Forewind’s Dogger Bank met masts and extensive repair and maintenance campaigns carried out to two further UK offshore met masts.This experience enables RES Offshore to ensure that O&M operations at Blyth are carried out safely and to the highest standards, helping to maximise the availability and quality of data collected from the mast.
Jim Sandon, COO of RES Offshore, said:
"We look forward to working with the ORE Catapult on this project again and to support them as they expand the opportunities for future R&D projects at the met mast location."
Tony Quinn, Operations Director, ORE Catapult, said:
“During execution of the initial contract, RES clearly demonstrated comprehensive experience and an ability to meet rigorous and demanding project requirements. I am looking forward to working with them again over the next year."
Notes to editors
The original contract was awarded on 12 May 2014, for a period of twenty four (24) months, with an option to extend for a further period of twelve (12) months up to a total of thirty six (36) months.
About the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy and helps to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies. At the forefront of renewable energy development for over 30 years, RES has developed and/or built over 10GW of renewable energy capacity worldwide. RES' core activities are onshore wind, offshore wind and solar, and technologies that will be enablers to a low carbon future – Energy Storage, Demand Side Management and Transmission. RES is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates across the globe.