Met mast for Celtic Array

Tuesday, 4 December, 2012 - 15:00

Centrica plc has awarded a contract to GL Garrad Hassan for the design, supply, installation and operation of an offshore meteorological mast system for their Celtic Array project in the Irish Sea. Located 15 km north of Anglesey, the system includes a meteorological mast, power supply system, navigational aids and full suite of measurement equipment.

"We're delighted to be delivering to this high profile Round 3 project and having the opportunity to use what our Measnet-accredited measurement group has learnt over the past decade from working in the challenging offshore environment. It's only by learning from that experience that we can bring to the industry improved standards of quality, safety and cost reduction," said Colin Morgan, GL Garrad Hassan Senior Vice President and Head of Offshore Wind Practice.

Small wind turbine and power system manufacturer Ampair will supply the met mast with a hybrid renewable energy system and control room. The equipment will be manufactured at Ampair’s factory in Dorset. Ampair’s Sales & Marketing Manager Jeremy Davies said: "The unmanned automatic control room is the nerve centre of the platform that gathers a huge amount of information about wind and wave and other weather data for the wind farm." Managing Director David Sharman added: "It is very satisfying to see smaller companies like ours winning tenders in the major offshore wind farm industry for serious professional clients like GL Garrad Hassan and Celtic Array, and by doing so we can continue to grow as a UK manufacturer and employer and continue to invest in our R&D. More recently we have expanded our Dorset factory to be able to take on these larger contracts."

Katharina Garus

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