Subsea 7 breaks into offshore wind marketNews // May 24, 2016
Offshore oil and gas contractor Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the turbine foundations and array cables for the Beatrice offshore windfarm, offshore Scotland in the UK. Located in the Outer Moray Firth, the Beatrice wind turbines will generate 588MW of power once the windfarm becomes fully operational in 2019.
Subsea 7, in alliance with Seaway Heavy Lifting, will project manage, design, engineer, fabricate and install EPCI jacket foundations and array cables for 84 wind turbines, and perform the transportation and installation of the offshore transmission modules. Project management and engineering has already started at Seaway Heavy Lifting’s offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, and at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Offshore installation activity will be undertaken in 2017 and 2018 using Seaway Heavy Lifting’s vessels Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov. “Both vessels provide significant lift and installation capabilities which are ideally suited for the challenges of installing windfarm foundations,” said the company.
Subsea 7’s chief executive officer, Jean Cahuzac said: “This offshore windfarm project is our largest North Sea award to date. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have a strong reputation in their respective areas of expertise. This contract recognises both companies’ capability to execute contracts safely, on time and within cost targets and is another major step forward in establishing Seaway Heavy Lifting as a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables market.”