Robotics Solutions Limited (Helix) has been awarded three scopes of work
for the Neart
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
When fully operational, Neart
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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