Specialist Subsea Services working with Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarmProjects and Operations // January 15, 2013
Aberdeen-based Specialist Subsea Services (Sł), a provider of ROV, survey and vessel services to the international energy industry, recently completed 100 days’ of work on Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm off the coast of North Wales.
S3 mobilised a team of 15 people to visit all 160 locations for turbines at a value in excess of Ł3 million, which involved the deployment of ROV equipment, use of hydraulic grab, survey and positioning equipment, in addition to seabed mapping systems from the vessel Sentinel in order to detect seabed targets.
This activity, ensuring the seabed was clear for further development works, is in preparation for the installation of wind turbine foundations, the first of which was installed in August last year.
Gwynt y Môr, which is being built 13km (8m) off the coast, is one of the largest offshore windfarms under construction in Europe. Once fully operational, energy generation is expected to be equivalent to the average annual needs of around 400,000 homes.
Graeme Kidd, managing director at Sł, said: “This was our first major renewables contract so its successful completion is of particular significance for us. Sł is continually working on expanding its services and expertise. Securing further contracts of this nature will help us in our strategy to ultimately increase our influence in the renewables industry and internationally.”
RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds said: “The operations carried out by Specialist Subsea Services were important to begin the offshore installation of foundations at Gwynt y Môr. Their team and specialist vessel have performed well and we were delighted to find a UK based company to carry out these works.