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DeepOcean secures cable installation contract for Hornsea Project One wind farm

Published 01 December 2016

DeepOcean has secured a contract from Dong Energy to transport and install cables for the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.

The deal requiares DeepOcean to trench and install 93 array cables.

The company will use its fleet of cable installation and trenching vessels to carry out offshore work in 2018 and 2019.

DeepOcean will also undertake the related route engineering, pre-lay grapnel run operations, installation of cable protection system and messenger wires.

The wind farm, which is being built 120 km east of the Humber Estuary, is expected to generate enough green energy to power more than one million homes in the UK.

Hornsea Project One, which is expected to start services in 2020, is part of the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm zone that has a maximum capacity of 4GW.

It will employ Siemens 7.0MW wind turbine and is expected to feature between 150 and 332 offshore wind turbines based on the size of the units selected.

Dong Energy Hornsea Project One director Duncan Clark said: “Hornsea Project One is an important infrastructure project, which will not only contribute to lower carbon emissions but also play a big role in developing the UK’s offshore wind supply chain.

“Throughout this project we’ve worked hard to ensure as much value as possible is realised by UK businesses. Today’s announcement further demonstrates both the UK’s ability to supply the offshore wind industry, and DONG Energy’s continuing commitment to investing in the UK.”

DeepOcean Cables & Trenching commercial director Pierre Boyde said: “After the awards on the Race Bank & Walney Extension projects we are delighted to be further developing our relationship with DONG Energy.

“We have invested heavily in class leading installation and trenching technology with a strong focus on both safety and productivity. This award will safeguard 150 jobs in Darlington and the surrounding area as well as enabling us to offer significant opportunities to the UK supply chain.”

Image: Officials of Dong Energy and DeepOcean signing the contract. Photo: Courtesy of DeepOcean Group.