Petrofac To Install Seagreen Substations

(Europe) Breakbulk Transport via Aberdeen

Oilfield specialist Petrofac has signed a preferred supplier agreement with SSE Renewables to design and install substations for the Seagreen windfarm project in the North Sea.

The large-scale project will cover design, supply and install of onshore and offshore HVAC substations. Petrofac has already commenced early work on the project and a final investment decision for the full scope is expected in the coming months.

“We are pleased to welcome the expertise of Petrofac to the Seagreen Project. With their experience across engineering, procurement, construction and installation in this sector we have secured a high level of project certainty in delivering this key element of the works,” said John Hill, Seagreen project drector.

Startup in 2024

The wind farm is scheduled to come online in 2024 and significant breakbulk activity is anticipated in the run up to commissioning. Once complete, it will be one of the largest in the UK with 114 turbines and SSE expects it to be a driver for activity in Aberdeen’s oil and gas breakbulk sector. 

“Aberdeen has the oil and gas firms and the infrastructure around it, and particularly in things like design, engineering and technical capabilities ... The support companies have realized that there is a long-term future in the renewable energy sector,” said John Casserly, head of procurement at SSE Renewables.

Headquartered in Perth, Scotland, SSE is considered one of the ‘Big Six’ energy firms in the UK. Work will be completed by subsidiary SSE Renewables.

Full EPC Scope

Petrofac’s full scope will include engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation, offshore installation and commissioning of the offshore substation platform, including the topside, jacket, and piles.

Petrofac is one of the largest EPC contractors for oilfield services worldwide with 31 offices and about 13,500 staff. The firm recently signed a separate agreement with joint venture developer Petrogas NEO UK to establish its new North Sea operation following a recently announced asset acquisition.