Norwegian renewable energy firm Statkraft is to take over the sole responsibility as operator of a wind farm off the coast of Norfolk.
Scira Offshore Energy Ltd, the current operator and a joint venture company owned by Statkraft and Statoil, will remain as the legal entity while employees will be transferred to Statkraft.
The move is part of the Norwegian companies plan to divide responsibility for operation of their co-owned offshore wind sites, with Statoil taking the responsibility for the 560MW Dudgeon offshore project.
The 317MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm (pictured), which was officially opened last year, is located between 17-23 kilometres off the coast of north Norfolk and comprises of 88 turbines.
Olav Hetland, Senior Vice President Offshore Wind at Statkraft said: “To build operational experience is an important step towards Statkraft’s ambition to be an industrial player in offshore wind and this is our first tangible move into operations of offshore wind.”
Statkraft will take responsibility for the operations and maintenance of the project starting January next year.