Autumn 2019

Full and clear radio coverage for Scotland’s largest wind farm

JFMS has won a contract to support the construction of a major new offshore wind farm - Moray East - which is being built 22km off the coast of Scotland.

The team will provide a all-inclusive suite of marine coordination and communication services for what will be Scotland’s largest wind farm, over the site’s 32-month construction period.

JFMS project manager, Pete Leach, who has been working to secure this significant contract says:

‘We pooled our wide-ranging breadth of experience with lessons learned from numerous other wind farm construction projects to ensure our offering put us ahead of the competition.

It is this experience that has enabled us to work successfully against challenging time lines to ensure everything was delivered to the client in time for the start of construction in May.’

JFMS is making full use of leading offshore wind management system, OWMS, and will also be ensuring smooth communication between the various teams involved in building the wind farm via a state-of-the-art digital trunked radio system called Wavecom, which has been developed by strategic partner, Fern Communications.  

Wavecom provides full and clear radio coverage to all of the wind farm sites (near shore, transit route and the entire field) with the flexibility to interconnect with other radio systems (Marine and Airband).

All aspects of personnel, vessel coordination and weather will be tracked through a single OWMS interface which will allow JFMS to provide the infrastructure to orchestrate all offshore operations from a local control room located in Fraserburgh, near Aberdeen.

‘We have been successfully using OWMS and Wavecomtogether at Galloper, Rampion, Humber Gateway and East Anglia ONE and we’re very much looking forward to offering the same level of support to the team at Moray East,’

Says Martin Dronfield, director of strategy and business development at JFMS.

When completed (in 2021) Moray East will be the largest wind farm in Scotland with 100 204m-tall turbines generating enough electricity for around one million homes.

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