VolkerInfra nets Neart na Gaoithe cable gig

In: Windfarms
VolkerInfra has secured a new £15.5m contract from Prysmian PowerLink, to deliver services at the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland. The team will install two 220Kv onshore export circuits following the completion of pre-construction works.

The contract includes:
  • Enabling works along the cable route corridor, including: haul road construction and removal, pre and post construction drainage, trial holes, removal of any environmental or ecology obstacles and fencing
  • Excavation, duct installation, backfill and reinstatement of cable trenches along the proposed 12.3km cable route
  • Installation of 220kV underground cable and fibre optic cable into pre-installed ducting from the landfall point at Thorntonloch to the Crystal Rig Onshore Substation
  • Construction of the cable jointing bays, including excavation, backfilling and reinstatement
  • Design, construction and commissioning of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) system
  • HDD works required along the cable route
  • Supply and installation of steel support structures, including all scaffolding to facilitate terminating works
  • Jointing support to assist with the installation of 220kV joints and terminations
  • Testing support to assist with the AC resonance testing works

Commenting on the contract, Peter Cooke, technical development director at VolkerInfra, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this latest contract from Prysmian PowerLink and are looking forward to delivering a first-class installation service at the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

“With extensive experience in this field, and with services exceeding all expectations at the Moray East and Hornsea II offshore wind farms, our fantastic team are well placed to deliver this nationally significant infrastructure project in a safe, efficient and professional way.”

Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm is located 12 miles off the coast of Fife in Scotland. Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and to 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 works expected to start in 2020 and the first commercial supply of electricity in 2023.

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