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    Subocean makes first steps in renewables with Centrica contract

    News // May 2, 2007

    Subsea installation company Subocean Limited has highlighted its commitment to, and confidence in, marine renewables with a major contract award from Centrica.

    The contract, which is believed to be worth in excess of £5 million, is to install power cables for the Lynn and Inner Dowsing Offshore wind farms, 5km off the Lincolnshire coast. It is expected these will be installed in 2007, with the completion and commissioning of the projects by the end of 2008.

    The Aberdeen-based company, which is predicting to have £40 million of work in the renewables sector in the next two years, was chosen by Centrica for its technical ability.

    Alan Thompson, Renewables Projects and Operations Manager for Centrica, said: “As the UK’s greenest supplier, Lynn and Inner Dowsing have the potential to deliver clean green energy to over 130,000 British Gas homes. Each site will consist of 27 turbines and be capable of delivering up to 90MW output."

    “These developments will play a key role in generating green power in line with the Government’s commitment to renewable power and to improving security of energy supply as the UK becomes more dependent on imported energy. It is crucial that they are delivered efficiently in a way that is safe and has minimum impact on the environment."

    “We were impressed with the technical capabilities demonstrated by Subocean and their excellent track record in subsea oil and gas and telecommunications as well as renewables.”

    Subocean Limited has created a further ten jobs in order to strengthen its team of subsea engineers and QHSE personnel for this project.

    The contract will see Subocean lay and bury six export cables - about 40km in total - under the seabed and two array cables - 3 km in total - in water depths of between six and 13 metres. The cables will be laid using the Subocean Sea Stallion shallow water cable plough.

    Prior to installation, Subocean will carry out a pre-lay cable route survey, cable route planning, burial assessment survey.

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