Scottish and Norwegian companies have completed a successful study into the opportunity to create joint O&M facilities on either side of the North Sea for the anticipated growth in offshore power over the coming decades.
Stig Fretheim, CEO of REN AS, an existing facility for storing and repairing offshore cables on the west coast of Norway said, “We know that there is set to be a big increase in the requirement for offshore power assets and their operations and maintenance in both Norway and Scotland. We are currently expanding our stand-by facility here with the help of ÆGE Energy who already work in Norway and Scotland, for transformers and switchgear parts in addition to cables, and the opportunity to be involved in the Scottish market and the development of further facilities over there, can only serve to be able to deliver a better service to all our customers”.
Director of Synergist Solutions, a renewables company based in Fife who have been undertaking the Scottish end of the work, Dr Richard Blanchfield, added, “We think this is an exciting opportunity and the results of our study show there is a strong case for developing facilities in Scotland, and working in tandem with REN AS in Norway to share stand-by capacity and services for the offshore power industries. We think this is a great opportunity for creating Scottish jobs and a supply chain”.
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