UK Offshore Transmission Operator, Transmission Capital Partners has announced the appointment of renewable energy consultancy Natural Power to deliver NP /ControlCentre services including: 24/7 alarm monitoring, voltage control, access control, emergency de-energisation, emergency response management and liaison with National Grid (working as National Electricity Transmission System Operator) and the Distribution Network Operator.

    Services will be provided on the offshore electricity transmission network for Vattenfall’s 150MW Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm located in the Irish Sea, 10km off Barrow-In-Furness, in the north west of the UK.

    The company’s NP /ControlCentre (previously known as WindCentre) is a 24/7/365 operational control room, providing onshore and offshore site management services round the clock for a range of renewable sectors including onshore and offshore wind, biomass and solar PV projects.  The 24 hour control room service, manned by experienced engineers, is facilitated by a purpose built software solution for health & safety management, work order recording and access control – all in line with industry best practice, such as the RenewableUK Wind Turbine Safety Rules.

    The company’s Asset Management team currently manage 139 wind farms globally, including 14 sites in Ireland, representing 1360 turbines, as well as currently breaking into the US market with the provision of services to a number of operational wind farms.

    This represents operational management of 37%[1] and 20%[2] respectively of the UK’s and Irish installed onshore capacity respectively.

    Commenting on the contract announcement, Natural Power’s Director of Asset Management, Andy Howie said: “We are delighted to be working with Transmission Capital Partners on this OFTO contract, delivering all of the unique 24/7 benefits that NP /ControlCentre brings.”

    Chris Veal, Managing Director at Transmission Capital Investment welcomed the agreement, noting: “Natural Power is a world leading provider of control room services and the team there are exactly the right kind of people to ensure that Transmission Capital Partners remains a proven market leader in offshore electricity transmission.”

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    Notes for Editors: Natural Power is a leading independent renewable energy consultancy and products provider. The company offer proactive and integrated consultancy, management & due diligence services, backed by an innovative product range, across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, biomass, pv and hydro sectors, whilst maintaining a strong outlook on other new and emerging renewable energy sectors. Established in the mid 1990s Natural Power has been at the heart of many groundbreaking projects, products and portfolios for more than two decades, assisting project developers, investors, manufacturers, research houses and other consulting companies. With its iconic Scottish headquarters, The Green House, Natural Power has expanded internationally and now employs over 250 renewable energy experts across Europe and North America with further representation through South American consultancy Latwind Energías Renovables and Turkish renewables consultancy re-consult. Providing Planning & Development, Ecology & Hydrology, Technical, Construction & Geotechnical, Asset Management and Due Diligence services, Natural Power is uniquely a full lifecycle consultancy – from feasibility to finance to repowering, and every project phase in between. Natural Power has consistently invested in product development and technical research in order to progress certain key areas within the industry such as the operational management of wind farms, the design and assessment of wind farms in complex flow and the use of remote sensing for wind measurement.

    From award winning consultancy and management services, through a string of technology world-firsts, Natural Power has a successful track record and the breadth of services and deep-rooted experience that provides a wealth of added value for our diverse client base.

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    [1]  September 2013 - Natural Power on-going services on 2373MW of 6374MW installed onshore capacity, source: RenewableUK website

    [2] September 2013 - Natural Power on-going services on 355MW of 1763MW  installed onshore capacity, source: IWEA website