The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17km and 23km off the coast of North Norfolk in the UK, will comprise of 88 wind turbines and generate around 1.1TWh per annum. This is enough clean energy to power almost 220,000 British homes. Compared to fossil fuels that is a reduction of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
The wind farm is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through joint-venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. Statoil is operator for the project during the development phase and Scira will be the wind farm operator once the project is complete.
CHPV were contracted as the projects official media team. Over the last two and a half years we have taken over ten thousand digital images and many hours of stunning High-Definition video footage, documenting every key stage of this exciting project. From the digging of the first trenches for the onshore power cables, to the installation of the final turbine in July 2012, we have captured every detail.
Further to shooting Stills and Video for the project CHPV have released a number of Project Update movies, all of which can be viewed on our YouTube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/chpvmedia/videos, We also edited a number of mini-movies designed to be used as part of an interactive information system at the Mo museum in Sheringham, a centre dedicated to keeping local residents up to date with the projects progression as well as helping them understand how a wind farm works and why it will be beneficial to Norfolk.
In early 2012 we supplied installation footage to the BBC for Countryfiles segment on the growing UK windfarm sector www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016c3vm .
We have prepared hundreds of images for Sciras PR requirements, from newsletter publications, HSE reports and website updates to huge stands for exhibitions and conferences. Many of our images have even been made into Canvas prints and have been placed in Sciras offices.
Below are a sample of images, taken along the project timeline, which will give you just a small taste of what it takes to construct a wind farm.
Onshore preparations for the power cables
The new onshore sub station at Salle in Norfolk
Visitors learn about the project at the Mo museum in Sheringham, Norfolk
The new jetty at Wells, providing support boats with easy access to the Sheringham Shoal wind farm
PTVs make daily trips from the harbour in Wells to the Sheringham Shoal site, transferring the workforce around the wind farm
Preparing to sail out the two 1000 tonne sub stations from Hartlepool
Installation of the first sub station
Sunset behind the sub station
The GMS Endeavour, installing just one of the 88 turbines that make up the field
The Regina Baltica, a "Floatel" providing on-site accommodation for up to 100 workers
The Smit Constructor Diving Vessel installs receiving tubes, for the power cables, at the base of the 88 foundations
Divers on-board the Smit Constructor
The Team Oman lays the cables that connect the 88 turbines to the 2 offshore sub stations, and then back to shore to the national grid
The Seajacks Leviathan joined the project in March 2012 to help install the remaining turbines
The small, but busy, team at the Scira Marine office manage all the marine traffic on the project
An engineer ascends one of the 88 turbines
The vessel HAM 602 deploys rocks at the base of each foundation for Scour Protection
Sunset behind the field
The Scira board of directors visit the field just before the last turbine is installed
To view the Sheringham Shoal update movies made by CHPV simply visit our YouTube channel by clicking on the link below.
The channel also features other movies by us including our 2011 show-reel and a fantastic look at the Seajacks vessel, Leviathan.