Helix Robotics Solutions nets Neart na Gaoithe bounty

In: Windfarms
20/12/2019
Helix Robotics Solutions Limited (Helix) has been awarded three scopes of work for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm project by EDF Renewables.The project will be managed and overseen by the core team in Aberdeen, supported by specialist subcontractors from within Scotland and the wider UK.

Phase I of the works includes potential unexploded ordnances (UXO) identification which has an estimated duration of three months. To conduct the inspections, Helix will mobilize a XLS Work class ROV onboard a chartered vessel. This will be followed by phase II of works which includes UXO detonation. Helix will detonate identified UXOs utilising the same vessel and XLS ROV. The final phase of works includes boulder relocation. Using a boulder grab tool onboard a chartered vessel of opportunity, Helix will relocate and clear the designated project path of boulders. Helix anticipates that this could take in excess of 6 months.

Gary Aylmer, Helix Robotics Solutions Vice President – Europe and West Africa, stated: “This is a significant award for Helix as it represents an expansion to our current renewable offering - to better support the development of the UK’s offshore renewable energy sector. As a company based in Scotland, we are immensely proud to have been selected by EDF Renewables to perform the work on a Scottish offshore windfarm and look forward to working with them and the local supply chain in delivering this significant project.”


When fully operational,
Neart na Gaoithe is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually. It was awarded a CfD by LCCC in February 2015, with a strike price of £114.39/MWh. Developer EDF Energy is in the process prepping the project for construction, with work expected to start on the project in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023. Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all of the domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually.

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