London Array Limited selects James Fisher to provide the complete maintenance solution on its 630 MW offshore wind farm

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  • JFMS to provide subsea services on London Array, including inspection of substation and all 175 wind turbine generators (WTGs)
  • Sister company EDS HV Group to provide support services for London Array’s High Voltage (HV) network, including the offshore transmission owner (OFTO) assets
  • Further opportunity to add value to London Array through James Fisher’s range of systems and services, including risk-based inspection, condition monitoring, further multiskilling of personnel and digital solutions

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has secured a trio of milestone contracts on London Array 175 turbine 630 MW wind farm – one of the largest in Europe – 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.

Jonathan Duffy, general manager at London Array Limited, said:

“We look forward to working with James Fisher Marine Services once again and expanding the scope of services they provide.  We have been impressed with the comprehensive range of solutions and flexibility of services and its commitment to helping us maximise the wind farm’s uptime. Furthermore, its high voltage support services on both generation and transmission assets are a critical part of our maintenance and risk management strategy.”                                                               

Fergus Graham, executive director at James Fisher and Sons plc, said:

“We’re delighted to have been selected by London Array for topside, subsea and HV maintenance and this award demonstrates the value of our integrated service offering to the offshore renewables sector.

“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.




Notes to editor:

London Array Limited is a consortium of three world-leading renewable energy companies: E.ON, Orsted and Masdar – and La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Caisse), a global investor and one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada and North America.

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 in the United Kingdom. It is the second largest offshore wind farm in the world.

Source:  James Fisher