Scunthorpe drilling specialist wins Dong Energy contract on world's biggest offshore wind farm

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Mar 2016

SCUNTHORPE-based company AMS No-Dig has won a key contract with Dong Energy for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One.

The business will design, supply and install three 200m long cable ducts under the sea defence at Horseshoe Point – where the electricity is to be brought ashore – between North Cotes and Marshchapel.  

The offshore export cable will be pulled through these ducts and then connected to the onshore cable, which will skirt North East Lincolnshire and connect to the national grid at North Killingholme.

The contract was signed at the company’s Brigg Road base today. The work is scheduled to take place in 2017.

Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Project One at Dong Energy, said: “I am delighted to be signing this contract and to have another local supplier on board with construction of the world’s biggest ever offshore wind farm.

“Once operational, Hornsea Project One will power well over one million UK homes every year and it is an absolutely huge infrastructure project. The cable ducts being designed, supplied and safely installed by a company based locally in Scunthorpe is really encouraging and sends out a positive messages to the rest of the UK supply chain.”

AMS No-Dig was established in 1992 and has a strong track record using horizontal directional drilling techniques.

John Moss, AMS No-Dig operations director, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Dong Energy to ensure safe and successful delivery of the project scope at Hornsea Project One.

“The scope of AMS No-Dig works includes the installation of three large diameter ducts beneath a sea defence to ensure cables can be fed to the offshore element of the project while mitigating the environmental impact of the works to the local area.

“AMS No-Dig has welcomed the opportunity to work on this project as a main contractor, employed directly with Dong Energy, and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship on this and hopefully on future projects.

Hornsea Project One is located 120 km off the Yorkshire coast and covers about 407 sq km.

It follows the £25 million contract awarded to Balfour Beatty for the onshore substation, with Siemens' Green Port Hull facility to supply blades. 

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