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Wood Group says it has been awarded a contract worth 17 million British pounds to fabricate, install, commission, operate and maintain two weather monitoring stations for one of the U.K.'s largest offshore wind farm developments.

The company says the masts will collect vital wind data that will be used to design the wind farm and to estimate the long-term energy production of the site.

SgurrEnergy will manage the supply, installation and commissioning of the full instrumentation, power and ancillary top-side monitoring equipment using Carl C lattice tower met masts. The fabrication and offshore installation management of the monopile structure to support the equipment platform and tower met mast will be undertaken by Wood Group Kenny.

Fabrication of the meteorological masts will start in November, and installation in the East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone is planned for summer 2013. As part of the operation and maintenance contract, Wood Group Kenny has already recruited four employees to fill key positions within the project.

ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, the joint developers of the East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone, have said that the offshore weather monitoring stations will provide essential data for an area bigger than Norfolk and inform key technical and engineering decisions for the wind farm, according to Wood Group.

East Anglia Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall. The project has the potential to deliver 7.2 GW of installed capacity.


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