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Coventry comms company wins major contract to supply £3 billion wind farm

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4 March 2021

Coventry-based Optilan, a leading security and communications company for the energy, infrastructure, pipeline, and rail sectors,has been contracted to supply telecommunications and security services for the Seagreen Wind Farm project,  the £3 billion offshore wind farm development owned by SSE Renewables (49%) and Total (51%).

Optilan will supply telecoms services, including integrated telecoms and CCTV, for the offshore and onshore elements of the wind farm project. The contract has been awarded by Linxon, the construction and engineering joint venture between ABB and SNC-Lavalin, who are supporting Petrofac on the delivery of substations for the project.

The £3 billion Seagreen offshore wind farm is situated approximately 90km from the Angus coastline. Upon completion, the site will become one of the largest operating wind farms, with approximately 114 wind turbines being installed.

Optilan Bill Bayliss[3]Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, said: “The project was won by our teams in the UK and the Middle East, who worked extremely closely to deliver a thorough and detailed proposition. Winning the tender boosts our engineering portfolio and allows us to showcase our ‘green’ capabilities once more. We’ve had an enviable last quarter with numerous contract and tender wins across a wide range of sectors as part of our energy transition strategy. As the world begins to ‘open up’ again this year, we hope to build on our recent successes.”

“Renewable energy, as with all nascent technologies, brings with it challenges and evolving security risks that need to be addressed from the outset. We’re perfectly placed to help the industry combat and overcome these.”

With over 20 years’ experience in transmission and distribution in the UK, Optilan will bring in-depth knowledge and understanding of onshore substation design to this high-profile offshore wind project. Optilan is a global company with renowned expertise in delivering large scale projects in sectors such as energy, telecommunications, rail, pipeline monitoring systems and critical national infrastructure.

The offshore wind industry will be integral to the UK’s energy system by as soon as 2030, with the UK planning to generate 40GW from offshore wind farms by this date (According to GOV UK).


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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