Scunthorpe directional drilling specialist selected for Hornsea Two

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Apr 2019

A Scunthorpe business has won a major contract with Orsted on the delivery of Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.

AMS Trenchless Specialists will once again provide the horizontal directional drilling required to bring the cabling onshore at the Horseshoe Point landfall site.

The £1 million plus agreement follows the work on Hornsea One as it helps deliver the consecutive world-leading projects to be anchored in Grimsby.

George Aitkenhead, managing director of AMS, said: “We feel proud to again have the opportunity to work on a project that will make a significant difference to the UK’s clean electricity system. HDD is a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way to install this much needed infrastructure, whilst minimising disruption. It’s great to see global firms, such as Ørsted, recognise our wealth of experience and continue place such big contracts with local firms like ours. For us, the offshore wind industry provides big opportunities in a market that is only going to keep growing.”

The Brigg Road firm uses its well-honed techniques and specialist kit to install ducting and cables beneath the sea defences. A total of three drills for the three electrical circuits will be required.

The cables will bring 1.4GW of electricity onshore, from the wind farm 89 miles off the coast, to a new substation at North Killingholme, skirting North East Lincolnshire. 

Now in the early stages of construction, when complete in 2022 it will be able to power more than 1.3 million homes, overtaking Hornsea One, which will be completed next year.

Duncan Clark, Orsted’s project director for both, said: “We’re delighted to welcome another UK firm to join us in building the UK’s largest renewable energy project currently under construction. Lancashire-based VolkerInfra are installing the onshore cable, the onshore substation is being built by Balfour Beatty, and the fact that AMS Trenchless Specialists, who are based literally up the road from our onshore site, will be working with us again is a testament to their previous work on Hornsea One.”

The works are expected to start in May and continue until September.

It follows publication of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, a partnership between Government and industry setting out to achieve a third of our country’s electricity from offshore wind by 2030, while ramping up UK content. 

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