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A Lynn business will create new jobs after winning contracts with Swedish energy group Vattenfall to keep more than 900 wind turbines turning safely across five countries.

James Fisher Marine Services, owner of Lynn blade repair specialists Rotos 360, and GEV Wind Power will export their expertise to deliver blade maintenance and repair up wind turbine towers across the Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as Vattenfall’s UK wind farms.

The framework agreement covers work on 50 onshore and offshore wind farms for a minimum of two years and also involves Danish company, Danish Blade Service.

Vattenfall wind turbines offer job opportunities here in West Norfolk. (34916317)
Vattenfall wind turbines offer job opportunities here in West Norfolk. (34916317)

Rotos 360 was acquired by Lowstoft-based James Fisher Marine Services three years ago.

The company and GEV Wind Power, which has a base in Gorleston, said exact job numbers would emerge once scopes of work had been agreed with Vattenfall, which plans to build two of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms off the Norfolk coast.

The framework agreement comes just months after Vattenfall awarded another Norfolk-based wind business a framework agreement for inspection services across the same five countries.

Worley, formerly 3sun Group, based at Great Yarmouth, won the largest contract in its wind operation’s history last November.

Vattenfall - at the forefront of the UK’s wind industry, delivering wind energy projects since 2008 – hopes to win consent for Norfolk Vanguard next month.

Together with Norfolk Boreas, the projects will add 3.6GW - enough to power 3.9million UK homes - to the 1GW of wind and solar power Vattenfall has already created in £3.5bn investment in the UK.

Danielle Lane, Vattenfall UK country manager, said the company was committed to investing in the local supply chain in line with the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced last year.

“We look forward to collaborating with GEV Wind Power, James Fisher Marine Services and Danish Blade Service, whose expertise matches Vattenfall’s standard of excellence across all our operations.

“The UK’s offshore wind industry is world-leading, and will make a crucial contribution to achieving the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. I’m delighted that these companies will share their services and experience in pursuit of this goal.

“The launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK last year has boosted investor confidence, because it defines a number of targets, which are to be achieved by the UK Government and the offshore wind sector. These targets cover offshore wind deployment, creation and security of tens of thousands of jobs, employing a more diverse and skilled workforce, and significant opportunities for UK businesses. Our collaboration with GEV Wind Power and James Fisher Marine Services, both based in the East of England, demonstrates our commitment to enable the untapped potential of UK companies in the renewables sector to be realised, and boosting local employment and economic regeneration.”

Barry Jennings, managing director at James Fisher Marine Services, one of the fastest-growing businesses in the east of England serving the renewables industry, said since the acquisition the business had been helping to optimise the topside performance of offshore wind projects all around the UK.

“The cornerstone of this has been a trailblazing mindset and the use of the latest innovations available to the industry, incorporating platform deployment, composite technology and marine solutions, to identify and repair damage, excessive wear and other potential issues that can affect the performance of wind turbine blades.”

“We’re delighted to be part of this framework agreement with one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers and look forward to working closely with Vattenfall to help achieve its fossil-free targets over the next two years.”

David Fletcher, GEV Wind Power CEO, said the exact number of jobs would be clear once scopes of work had been agreed.

“We look forward to supporting Vattenfall in maintaining their rotor blades across the various on and offshore sites, leveraging our multi-brand capability and European operational infrastructure.

“As the leading independent service provider solely focused on blade maintenance, we will deliver best in class health and safety standards, with industry leading field reporting technology and provide access to Europe’s largest pool of dedicated blade technicians”.

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