Colchester-based CWind secures contract on Galloper wind farm project

A CWind support vessel.

A CWind support vessel. - Credit: Archant

Essex-based CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has been awarded a six-month contract to carry out works on the Galloper wind farm project off the coast of Suffolk.

The Colchester-based company has been appointed to carry out secondary works by offshore marine engineering group GeoSea, the main contractor for the design, manufacture and installation of wind turbine foundations for the development.

Work to be carried out by CWind under the contract – which is due to start next month and follows on-shore trials completed in September – includes paint repairs, bolting, messenger wire installation and “cathodic protection” (corrosion prevention) testing.

Lee Andrews, managing director at CWind, said: “This contract builds on our strong track record in supporting with secondary works on construction across a range of offshore wind farms. We are delighted to be able to partner with GeoSea on this project.”

Kevin Loncke, GeoSea supervisor, added: “We were impressed by the range of skills offered by the CWind team and their track record in offshore wind. This, combined with their use of local technicians and expertise across our full scope of work, meant we were confident in entering into a partnership for this important project.”

CWind, based at Apex 12 in Old Ipswich Road, Colchester, was originally a spin-off from CTruk, the workboat manufacturer in Haven Road, Colchester, which was last week sold out of administration to Alnmaritec.

However, CWind is now a separate organisation, with a majority stake in the business having been acquired in February this year by Global Marine Systems.

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CWind, whose first contract was with Dong Energy, now works for multiple clients and has been involved in wind farm projects in the North Sea, Irish Sea and Baltic Sea. Since 2014 it has also had an office in Bremen, Germany.

The Galloper project is being developed by RWE Innogy in partnership with the Green Investment Bank, Siemens and Macquarie and represents an extension of the existing Greater Gabbard wind farm.

Earlier this month, Galloper Wind Farm Ltd unveiled plans to build an operations and maintenance base on five acres of land at Harwich International Port which could create around 90 new jobs.