Renewable Energy Consultancy

Wood Group Kenny provides specialised engineering consultancy and project management services for renewable energy developments, both onshore and offshore.

Our SgurrEnergy business, through a network of international offices, provides expert advice for developers and investors in renewable energy projects on a worldwide basis. SgurrEnergy utilises advanced remote sensing technology for accurate spatial measurement of wind speed and direction at either an onshore or offshore site location. This technology is used to quantify in an effective and efficient manner the potential of the particular site for wind farm development. More generally, the company provides its services through all phases of a renewable energy project from the early stages of site selection, feasibility and design right through to project management of the construction phase and into operation and maintenance.

SgurrEnergy is part of a Wood Group Renewables network within Wood Group that covers a range of activities including: asset managerment services for wind turbines and ancillary equipment; offshore design and project management; subsea cable and subsea infrastructure design and installation management for offshore wind, wave and tidal facilities.

Two of our recent key offshore renewable energy achievements are:

Wave Hub Development: This is a ground breaking wave energy development off the south-west coast of England. Wave Hub is an “electrical socket” placed offshore on the seabed and is connected to the UK National Grid via a 7km long hub-to-shore subsea cable. Wave energy devices can now be connected into this hub offshore. The hub has an initial capacity of 20MW with the possibility of being upgraded to 50MW and will allow the pre-commercial testing of wave energy devices on a scale not seen before anywhere in the world. Wood Group Kenny were the engineering and management contractor for this “first in the world” prototype development. We were responsible for the engineering design of the overall system and we project managed the subcontractors and vendors, procurement of all components and parts, and we took oversight of the installation of all the onshore and offshore facilities. The project was delivered on time and, through some innovative design, significantly below budget.

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm: The Beatrice offshore wind farm was undertaken as a joint venture development between Talisman Energy (UK) and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) 25km off the north-east coast of Scotland. At a cost of £41 million, the deepwater demonstrator project saw two 5 MW wind turbines installed adjacent to the Beatrice oil field with the aim of testing the technical and economic feasibility of offshore wind farms in water depths of up to 45 metres. Wood Group Kenny were responsible for the design of the offshore structures to support the wind turbines, and we provided technical and operational support during the fabrication and installation of the structure. We also provided engineering support for the installation of the offshore electrical cables. Subsequently, we developed an operational strategy for ongoing maintenance of the offshore wind turbines in conjunction with Wood Group as duty holder for the facility and through dialogue with the wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm operators and the support vessel companies. The project illustrates the successful efforts to transfer technologies, methods and practices from the offshore oil and gas industry and apply them to wind farm applications, and this resulted in several breakthroughs and offshore wind industry “firsts” for the project.

Further, more detailed information can be gleaned from clicking the link to the SgurrEnergy website below.

Carbon Capture

Wood Group Kenny were recently appointed by National Grid in the UK to perform study work in relation to development options National Grid is investigating to transport and inject carbon dioxide (CO2) into a prospective offshore saline aquifer storage location in the UK sector of the Southern North Sea. Wood Group Kenny working together with its sister company Wood Group Mustang was asked to complete the design work as a combined project team. The Wood Group Kenny scope involved concept design, scheduling and cost estimating for offshore pipeline and subsea facilities, which include the trunkline from a landfall site to the offshore injection facilities as well as subsea structures, cables and umbilicals and the trunk line shore approach and crossing. The company also performed flow assurance modelling from the landfall to the aquifer sand face, which is essential to demonstrating the offshore transportation and storage concept. Wood Group Mustang performed concept design of the offshore surface facilities including the jacket and topsides infrastructure.

From the National Grid perspective, this project is one of a number being considered by them in assisting the UK Government to meet its obligation to cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. From the Wood Group Kenny perspective, the project is a further step in us expanding our business beyond oil and gas, while utilising our considerable subsea and pipeline engineering and project management capabilities which we have built up over 30 years in the subsea industry.