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Statkraft to operate Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm

UK: Norwegian utility Statkraft is to take responsibility for the operations and maintenance of 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore project on January 5, 2014.

Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm

The current operator, Scira Offshore Energy Ltd, which is a joint venture company owned 50/50 by Statkraft and Statoil, will remain as the legal entity while employees will be transferred to Statkraft.

The 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm is located between 17 and 23 kilometres off the coast of north Norfolk, Britain, and comprises 88 wind turbines.

Jason Halsey, Scira Offshore Energy power plant manager, said: "The operational effectiveness of Sheringham Shoal wind farm will be maintained under the transfer of operatorship from Scira to Statkraft. 

Scira has been responsible for operation of the new wind farm since earlier this year and the owners want to transfer the operatorship ahead of next summer’s expiry of the warranty period.

Olav Hetland, Statkraft senior vice president offshore wind, said: "To build operational experience is an important step towards Statkraft’s ambition to be an industrial player in offshore wind and this is our first tangible move into operations of offshore wind."

Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have divided responsibility for operation of two jointly owned north Norfolk offshore wind projects, Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farm.

While Statkraft will be responsible for operating Sheringham Shoal and Statoil will take on the same responsibility at Dudgeon, which is under development.

Statkraft's 2013 second quarter underlying operating profit before depreciation was just under NOK 2.6bn (€332m), NOK 190m up on Q2 2012.

The quarter includes output from the 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, that Statkraft and Statoil completed last year.

Statkraft president and CEO, Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, said it was "gratifying" to see offshore wind making "a positive contribution to the result."

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