Wind farm deal
North Star secures £270m Dogger Bank vessels
How they will look: the three vessels
An Aberdeen company has won a £270 million contract for three service vessels that will support the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.
North Star Renewables secured the highly-competitive international tender to design and deliver the ships for the 3.6 gigawatt Dogger Bank Wind Farm being built in the North Sea.
The wind farm is a joint venture involving Perth-based SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni and the contract represents the first major transition for North Star into the renewables sector.
It is also being seen as a commitment to ensuring UK companies receive a contracts and jobs dividend from the switch into renewable energy.
North Star will deliver the SOVs to Dogger Bank operator Equinor from Summer 2023 and will be chartered to the wind farm for a ten-year period, with an option for three one-year extensions.
North Star will create 130 full-time UK-based jobs in crewing and shore-based roles for the lifetime of the contract. Recruitment will start 12 months ahead of vessel delivery to Dogger Bank’s planned operations base in Port of Tyne.
The new positions will be based across Scotland and the north east of England and will grow North Star’s existing 1,400 strong workforce, 950 of which are in the UK, 350 in Scotland.
Scottish Government Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “This is excellent news for the Aberdeen-based North Star Renewables who are relatively new to the offshore wind sector but have a wealth of experience operating in the North Sea’s oil and gas sector.”
With a clear reference to the failure of the BiFab plant in Fife to secure work on another wind farm being built off the Scottish coast, she added: “This contract is a welcome example of our domestic supply chain benefiting from the operation and maintenance of an offshore wind project off our coastline, bringing jobs and employment opportunities to communities in Scotland.”
North Star chief executive, Matthew Gordon, said: “We have been working with our existing energy clients in the North Sea for over 40 years.