Scottish expertise powers offshore wind development in China

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Renewables company SgurrEnergy chosen as technical consultants for landmark Chinese offshore wind project.

A contract signed today will see Scottish renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy provide strategic advice and expert support for the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Guangdong province, China.

The contract, which will be delivered over two years, will see SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group, advise the Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI), one of China’s leading design institutions, on its landmark Zhuhai offshore wind farm project. The company, along with offshore experts, Wood Group Kenny, will advise on areas such as wind farm layout, site selection and design, ocean hydrometeorology and will conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Witnessing the signing in Beijing today as part of his visit to strengthen trade and investment links with China, Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for External Affairs, has congratulated SgurrEnergy and highlighted its success as an example of how Scottish companies are providing both know-how and technology to support the growing Chinese renewables industry.

Speaking from the Chinese capital, Humza Yousaf said: “SgurrEnergy already has a very strong track record of providing renewables expertise, knowledge and technology to China as it works towards meeting its green energy targets, and this announcement is great news for both countries.”

“It is another positive step forward in strengthening Sino-Scottish links and confirming Scotland’s reputation as a global leader in the development of renewable energy.”

This latest project builds on SgurrEnergy’s strong track record for the provision of consultancy on offshore wind development in China. The company was involved in the Jiangsu offshore wind farm project and has worked alongside the main Chinese utility providers via the World Bank’s China Renewable Energy Scale-up Programme and EU Aid China.

Cathryn Chu from SgurrEnergy’s Beijing office, said, “SgurrEnergy has been involved in the Chinese offshore wind industry since 2007. Our knowledge and experience gained in China, together with our advanced technical capability in offshore wind from Europe, has been key in the success of this partnership with GEDI.

“We are focused on delivering advice on best practice in offshore wind development, ensuring quality throughout the local capability scale-up and design phase. We are excited to be involved in the Chinese offshore wind sector in Guangdong, after having previously worked in Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.”

Dr. Wang Hailong from GEDI, said, “GEDI is proud to be involved in this landmark project to develop the first offshore wind farm in Guangdong province. The support of SgurrEnergy and Wood Group Kenny, with their extensive experience in offshore wind, combined with our local experience in typhoon and soft seabed issues, is helping GEDI to address the engineering and technical challenges involved in offshore wind development in the region.”

Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of Scottish Development International, is also in Beijing promoting Scotland’s trade and investment agenda. She said:

“Scotland has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, which coupled with our strengths in innovation and the engineering excellence, developed over the past 40 years since North Sea oil and gas discoveries, have helped make us an internationally competitive global energy player.

“Scottish Development International has been working closely with the Scottish renewables industry to take a closer look at how to apply its innovation and experience to the Chinese market.

“This latest success by SgurrEnergy demonstrates the reputation of the Scottish renewables sector as a collaborative knowledge partner for technology and engineering in China. SgurrEnergy’s success is building the reputation of the Scottish renewables capability and trail blazes the way for future Scottish companies with vision, ambition and expertise.”

SgurrEnergy is a leading engineering consultancy specialising in worldwide renewable energy projects. Founded 10 years ago by technical director Ian Irvine and implementation director Steve McDonald, the company has assessed more than 85,000MW of renewable energy projects in over 50 countries around the world.

Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, SgurrEnergy has international offices in China (Beijing), Canada (Vancouver), India (Pune), France (Paris), Ireland (Wexford), the US (Portland), Brazil (São Paulo), Norway (Stavanger) and Germany (Hamburg).

SgurrEnergy is a subsidiary business of Wood Group.

Wood Group Kenny is one of the world’s leading independent subsea engineering organisations, operating from 11 locations worldwide and providing its clients with solutions that range from the planning stage through to procurement, fabrication, construction management, commissioning and operations support services.

Wood Group is an international energy services company with around $7bn sales, employing about 43,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses – Wood Group Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS – providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI) is a subsidiary under Guandong Power Grid Company (GPGC) of China Southern Power Grid Company Limited (CSG). GEDI has been engaged in electric power project geotechnics, design, consulting and project management for more than 50 years and undertakes engineering for Chinese national key projects such as Ling’ao Nuclear Power Station, Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Station, Taishan Nuclear Power Station, and 800kV Yunnan-Guangdong UHV DC transmission project.

Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland to help the economy grow. It also helps Scottish based companies to trade overseas and promotes Scotland as a good place to live, work and do business. It is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland.

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