Shepherd Construction Wins Â£14.8m Narec Contract
Under the contract, Shepherd will deliver a 3,000mÂ² facility that is claimed to become the worldâ€™s largest facility for testing entire offshore wind turbine nacelles of up to 15Mw capacity.
The new structure will be a 32-metre high steel framed building constructed with 1300 tonnes of steel. To provide sufficient support for the nacelle drive train testing equipment, a 43-metre by 12-metre test bed foundation will be constructed and will be up to four metres deep with pile foundations.
Tony Quinn, director of major assets and projects at Narec, said: â€œThis is the third new building being built by Shepherd Construction for Narec in Blyth as part of a Â£100m investment in the site. The 15Mw test facility will be commissioned in the summer of 2013 and will cement our position as a world leading centre for the research, development and demonstration of innovative offshore renewable energy technologies.â€
Colin Sargeant, east division managing director at Shepherd Construction, said: â€œWeâ€™re delighted to have signed the contract for the third of these unique structures and to be contributing further to the development at Narec that will ensure the UK is a world leader in renewable energy technology. Work will start on the third structure this December and will be scheduled to complete in March 2013.â€
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is investing Â£25m in the Narec facility, by providing funding to a consortium of Converteam and MTS Systems Corporation for the design, development and commissioning of the test rig, a large-scale engineering project.
David Clarke, CEO of ETI, said: â€œThe test rig will allow both larger wind turbines to be tested and for a wider scope of testing to take place than is available in current facilities elsewhere in the world.â€
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