E.ON UK Press Releases

03 January 2013 09:26
Great Yarmouth boat yard to build new vessels to support offshore wind generation

E.ON has awarded Great Yarmouth based Alicat Workboats a contract to build four new state of the art vessels to support offshore wind generation. The first to be built will serve E.ON's Robin Rigg Wind Farm off the Solway Firth.

Alicat Workboats was established in 2009 in response to a growing demand for vessels to provide operation and maintenance support in the offshore wind sector.  As a neighbouring firm to E.ON's Scroby Sands Wind Farm base, their close proximity means the vessels performance can be tested in true life situations.

Alicat have now started to build the new 19m high speed wind farm service vessel, and delivery is due mid 2013. The bespoke aluminium catamarans are the very latest by Global Marine Design to be built at Alicat's yard and will offer greater loading capability across the fore deck, as well as a well equipped aft deck. A redesigned saloon and island wheelhouse arrangement will also feature. Powered by two MAN V12 engines and jet propulsion via twin Rolls Royce Kamewa Jets, the workboats will be capable of 30 knots.

Steve Thacker, General Manager of Alicat Workboats, said: "We're absolutely delighted to be working with E.ON on this project. At Alicat we're as committed to the aftercare of the vessels as we are to building them in the first place and we look forward to forming a close working relationship during the construction of these vessels and beyond."

Jon Beresford, Offshore Wind Operations Manager at E.ON, said: "Not only are Alicat very local to our Scroby Sands operational base, they also offer a quality product with through-life service which as vessel owners is extremely important to us. Their capability for a comprehensive after sales support makes them so much more than boat builders and we're very much looking forward to working together."

 

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Notes to editors:

  • E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
  • In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers - meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
  • E.ON's generation portfolio includes world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations. E.ON is a market leader in combined heat and power (CHP), and is one of the UK's leading green generators with 22 wind farms and the UK's first wave power generator, with another 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development.

For more information contact:

Victoria Blake on 02476 181304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com  

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