UPDATED: Statoil and Statkraft’s prestigious UK wind power project has suffered a financial broadside after deploying a ship not designed to seas off the UK coast.
Problems with the Heavy Lift Vessel MS “Svanen”, used to establish the 500-ton foundations, occurred in June 2010. Work was not resumed until April this year, with the delay costing an estimated 600 million kroner extra, Dagens Næringsliv reports.
The Sheringham Shoal wind farm is to provide electricity each year for 220,000 British homes. Statoil Communications Manager Morten Eek tells The Foreigner “the original boat was not suitable for these types of operations as it was too vulnerable to swell. The decision to use MS “Svanen” was taken by the contracting parties MT Højgaard and SCIRA.”
“The decision was then taken to replace MS “Svanen” with the “Oleg Stashnov””, says Mr Eek, “but we had the possibility to start parallel activities when the problem was first discovered. All the foundation work has now been completed, meaning the project is on track to start up in the first half of 2012.”
Owner and operator SCIRA says the first turbine was put in place last month, and has recently started producing electricity power to the UK grid.
Neither Statoil nor Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen will comment about how much the delay has cost them.
About Sheringham Shoal (external link).
Map of Sheringham Shoal (external link).
Statoil description of Sheringham Shoal (external link).