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Oceaneering secures seabed clearing contract for Scottish windfarm


Oceaneering International Services (OISL), a subsidiary of Oceaneering International (Oceaneering), has been awarded a contract from Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) (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, remotely operated vehicle (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 windfarm projects including Race Bank, Westermost Rough, Hornsea1 and East Anglia1 export routes and Beatrice for array routes, with over 3,000 km of routes successfully cleared to date.

“Oceaneering has a proven track record of providing boulder clearance services”, says Marcel Sunier, Project Director of Moray East.  “We look forward to working with Oceaneering further on this project.” Allan Ralston, Oceaneering’s Director of Renewable and Subsea Projects, states, “We are very proud to have been awarded this work from MOWEL for the Moray East development, thereby increasing our presence on this project and adding to the local content aspirations of the developer. Our tried, tested, and proven Route Preparation Plough has an established record of successfully supporting several UK windfarm 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.”

The Moray East Offshore Wind Farm construction project is 22km 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 950MW – enough to power 950,000 homes. Three, 86km export cables from offshore to shore will transfer electricity from the windfarm.