Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, has secured an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the Inch Cape Offshore Met Mast off the coast of Angus, Scotland.

Installed in 2014, the offshore met mast gathers accurate wind resource, velocity and directional data and oceanographic data to inform the development of the consented 784MW Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

SgurrEnergy, a Wood Group business, was appointed by met mast supplier Drace Infrastructures UK Limited on behalf of Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL). The scope of the 16 month contract includes offshore inspection and maintenance, recertification, project management, weather forecasting, data recovery and detailed reporting through SgurrDataPortal.

In addition, the role includes the provision and installation of calibrated instrumentation and spares as well as onshore monitoring and coordination from SgurrEnergy’s 24/7 control centre in Glasgow. The SgurrEnergy 24/7 control centre will track the movement of vessel and personnel offshore.

Hugh Morgan, Asset Manager at Inch Cape Offshore Limited, said: “We are pleased to welcome SgurrEnergy to our O&M team on this innovative offshore met mast project. Continued application of best practice O&M management of this asset is essential in order to continue to provide valuable data and in doing so, to significantly increase the confidence and certainty of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm’s wind resource.”

Robbie Gibson, director of asset management at SgurrEnergy, said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract for the Inch Cape offshore met mast, and will look forward to working closely with ICOL and Drace to ensure the high availability of detailed and accurate data, giving a full picture of the conditions measured by the met mast instrumentation.

“Being awarded this contract further strengthens SgurrEnergy’s position as a leading turnkey offshore O&M service provider, adding to our five-strong portfolio of offshore met mast O&M contracts.”

The project is expected to bring benefits through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, energy supply and security, and economic benefits from job creation and infrastructure development through the project life.