Shoney (Seonaidh) Wind Limited was commissioned by EDF-Energy Renewables to provide offshore wind due diligence services and provide bid support for a strategically important offshore wind farm project in the North East of England. The offshore assets were put on the market by The Crown Estate in order to secure a developer capable of delivering an operational test and demonstration project on site by 2016/17. The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC.) placed the onshore assets (including the grid connection, onshore land rights and wind data) on the market in a separate but parallel tracked process. This meant that the bidding process was doubly challenging, and did not fit well with normal M&A processes.
EDF-ER were successful in their bids to The Crown Estate and ORE Catapult, and secured the acquisition of the Blyth scheme in November 2014. The project is located circa 5-10km offshore from the port of Blyth, and is consented for up to 15 pre-series demonstrator turbines and innovative or pre-series foundation types.
Nathalie Stevenson carried out various due diligence tasks on the project and inputted to the planning and environmental reviews, technology review, programme evaluation, and grid connection evaluation. Nathalie also completed some of the sections of the bid documentation for the offshore assets. Towards the end of the process Nathalie brought in Philip Brain of Technology Greenhouse to carry out final reviews and edits of the Crown Estate bid submission documents on behalf of EDF-ER. This included the Project Plan, the Technology Development Plan, and HSE submissions Philip Brain’s experience of working for the Crown Estate on their Test and Demonstration programme was invaluable in assisting EDF-ER in finalising the bid documentation to the highest possible standard.