SgurrEnergy, a renewable energy consultant based in Glasgow, has secured a two-year contract to help China’s Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (GEDI) in the development of its Zhuhai offshore wind farm.

Under the contract, SgurrEnergy will provide strategic advice related to wind farm layout, site selection and design, ocean hydrometeorology, in addition to carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment for the offshore wind project in Guangdong.

During the contract signing in Beijing, Scottish External Affairs minister Humza Yousaf said that the deal would boost Sino-Scottish ties.

SgurrEnergy Beijing office source Cathryn Chu added, "We are focused on delivering advice on best practice in offshore wind development, ensuring quality throughout the local capability scale-up and design phase."

The company, which is part of Aberdeen-based energy services provider Wood Group, was involved with the Chinese offshore wind industry since 2007.

Having previously advised on several Chinese renewable projects in Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, SgurrEnergy has also worked with key Chinese utility providers through the World Bank’s China Renewable Energy Scale-up Programme and EU Aid China.

The 198MW Zhuhai offshore wind farm is being constructed with major part of the total investment of CNY4.45bn ($705m), coming from China Southern Power Grid Comprehensive Energy and Guangdong Electric Power Development.