SMD delivers inter array cable plough to Reef SubseaVessel & ROV News // February 25, 2013
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has announced the early delivery of an HD3 inter array cable plough to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical Ltd (RSPU).
RSPU has named the vehicle the 'Heavy Duty Inter Array' (HDIA), and is mobilise it on Polar Prince, a subsea construction vessel.
The HD3 cable plough, which is scheduled to go straight onto the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm project, is well suited to simultaneous or post‐lay burial of large bend radius products up to 200mm diameter.
It can be towed with up to 150 tonnes in consolidated soils, has onboard jetting to boost performance in sand, and is equipped with subsea loading and unloading capabilities.
It has what is claimed to be a unique feature allowing it to cut a trench at shallow trench depths (1-1.5m) or at deep trench depths (2.4m) with minimal risk to the product compared to a conventional plough.
The HD3 plough follows the delivery of the Q1000 jet trencher in October 2012.
The Q1000 has now successfully completed sea trials and her maiden scope of work in the North Sea.