Sheringham Shoal to have new operator
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North Norfolk's offshore wind farm, the Sheringham Shoal, is to be managed by Europe's largest renewable energy company after Scira announced it was stepping aside.
Statkraft has emerged as the new operation and maintenance operator of the 88-turbine site, with operational employees being transferred to the new company.
The move is part of a new management strategy devised by Statkraft and Statoil, which are also in charge of the Dudgeon wind farm proposed for 32km off the Cromer coast.
As part of the new arrangement, Statkraft will take charge of the Sheringham Shoal project on January 5, while Statoil will operate Dudgeon. Scira is ceasing operation ahead of its warranty expiring.
Olav Hetland, senior vice-president offshore wind at Statkraft, 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.
'Scira has done an excellent job on operation and maintenance of Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, and Statkraft wants the organisation to continue this outstanding work under our responsibility with Statkraft as the employer.'