Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a 14-day seabed clearance project on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project, located approximately 13 km off the Caithness coast.
ESS deployed its SCAR2 Seabed System from the Siem Ruby vessel on behalf of client Siem Offshore Contractors. Several hundred boulders were removed over a 15 km route in water depths of between 38 to 60 meters, over terrain which was predominantly sand and gravel overlying stiff clay.
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm will consist of 84 turbines, and is expected to power about 450,000 homes on completion in 2019. It is being developed by Tier 1 contractors Subsea 7 (Seaway Heaving Lifting), Siemens Wind Power, Nexens and Siemens T&D.
“We are delighted to have safely completed another seabed clearance operation on a major wind farm construction project,” said ESS Managing Director Mark Gillespie. ” Our SCAR2 system is now well established as a highly efficient and economic method of clearing and preparing the seabed as the first stage of major wind farm construction projects.
He added, “The Beatrice work-scope adds further to SCAR2’s credentials and puts ESS on a firm footing for winning similar clearance and trenching contracts on key renewables and infrastructure projects in Europe and other territories.”
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