Oceaneering International Services Ltd. (OISL), a subsidiary of Oceaneering International Inc., said April 8 it has been awarded a contract from Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd. (MOWEL) to complete seabed route and debris clearance for the Moray East Wind Farm project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.
OISL will provide a full suite of services for the project, including vessel, route preparation tools, ROV, survey, and personnel to complete seabed route and debris clearance operations for the wind farm’s export cable routes.
The project, which will be completed early in the second quarter of this year, is the latest to be secured by OISL for Moray East, with the company’s ROV and tooling divisions already having had success supporting scopes for the development.
The work scope, managed and undertaken by OISL’s Aberdeen-based team, will involve deployment of the company’s industry-leading Route Preparation Plough, RP15—part of Oceaneering’s extensively field-proven route and boulder clearance system.
The RP15 plough, which will be used for boulder clearance prior to cable installation, has been deployed on multiple North Sea wind farm projects including Race Bank, Westermost Rough, Hornsea1 and East Anglia1 export routes and Beatrice for array routes, with over 3,000 km (1,864 miles) of routes successfully cleared to date.
“Our tried, tested, and proven Route Preparation Plough has an established record of successfully supporting several U.K. wind farm projects to date and will provide our client with the most robust and cost-effective technical solution for route preparation in advance of export cable installation,” Allan Ralston, Oceaneering’s director of renewable and subsea projects, said.
The Moray East Offshore Wind Farm construction project is 22 km (13 miles) off the Caithness coast. It is the second of three wind farms in the area and will consist of 100 wind turbines, providing an overall generating capacity of 950 MW—enough to power 950,000 homes. Three, 86 km export cables from offshore to shore will transfer electricity from the wind farm.
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