Mott MacDonald advises on first US offshore wind farm

24 March 2015

The financial side of the first offshore wind development in the US has been closed, with Mott MacDonald performing the role of lenders’ technical advisor during the due diligence phase of the project. The wind farm which is scheduled for operation late 2016 is expected to power more than 17,000 homes. Mott MacDonald will stay on board of the project as independent engineer.

The Block Island Wind Farm is first offshore development in the US to be established by Deepwater Wind. The Farm is located approximately three miles southeast of Block Island within the boundary of Rhode Island state waters. It is made up of five Alstom Haliade 150-6.0 megawatt turbines for a total of 30 megawatt and is expected to produce 125,000 megawatt hours per year, which is enough to power more than 17,000 homes. The power will be transmitted to the mainland through a 21-mile, bi-directional Block Island Transmission System.

The development of the offshore installation is planned to begin in the summer of 2015, which is scheduled for commercial operation by the end of 2016.

Mott McDonald advises on first US offshore wind farm

The financial side of the deal was successfully closed after the lender hired Mott MacDonald as its technical advisor during the due diligence phase of the project. “This is a landmark and historic project for the USA and will help accelerate growth in the country’s offshore wind industry going forward. We have been involved on the project for the last two years, from undertaking initial bankability studies to performing the bulk of project financing due diligence,” says Mott MacDonald’s Project Manager Will Lamond. The consulting firm will stay on in an on-going position as independent engineer for the construction phase of the project.

“Mott MacDonald is a world-class engineering and consulting firm with market-leading experience in the offshore sector. We are proud to have them as part of the Block Island wind farm team and their insight into this complex industry has proven invaluable,” says Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind’s CEO.

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Mott MacDonald is not the only consulting firm hired to assist in the development of wind farms. In recentl years Royal HaskoningDHV provided Forewind with environmental impact assessments for its offshore wind farm Dogger Bank Creyke Beck in the UK, which led to the granted consent of the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”