Semco Strengthens Offshore Offering

Feasibility Analysis of Wind Power Projects

Engineering specialist Semco Maritime is to expand its offshore capabilities with the launch of a new business, focused on “concept and feasibility phases”of offshore wind projects.

The move is expected to increase the firm’s footprint in the offshore sector and stimulate EPC solutions for offshore high-voltage substations.

“We have found that our unique in-house technical skills and experience can be leveraged into the early concept phases of developing offshore wind sites, ensuring that proper considerations are evaluated and that the right decisions are taken at an early stage”, said Tommy Flindt, director of technology, Offshore Wind.

Industry Partnerships

The new offering will build on existing long-term partnerships with Bladt Industries and ISC Consulting Engineers to allow the firm to cover “almost the full life cycle” of any offshore wind project.

“For some selected competencies, we are partnering with other strong engineering companies in the market. These partnerships have already been tried and tested on a number of successfully delivered studies for the European, Taiwanese and U.S. offshore wind markets where our EPC and service experience has created good value and been of benefit to our customers,” Flindt said.

Based in Esbjerg, Denmark, Semco provides advanced fabrication and transportation of breakbulk engineering components worldwide. The group operates offices in Denmark, UK, Australia, China, Singapore, the U.S. and Central America.

Capital Requirements

With demand for breakbulk components in the offshore wind sector set to grow rapidly, Semco predicts that its new business unit will be crucial for customers seeking to balance project capital versus operational expenditures and asset availability.

“The studies for the offshore wind market cover a wide range of technical disciplines ... We have decades of successful EPC experience and feedback from sites in operation, and it will all be available to the benefit of our customers.

A key area for study is expected to be the transmission of offshore wind power to onshore power grids.