Ecosse Subsea Systems has won a £3 million contract to design and build a 1500-ton carousel for an international infrastructure group to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary since starting-up in business.
The carousel will be used for the storage of spare cables required for UK offshore windfarm projects and will be located at a strategic north east port for fast deployment.
The carousel will have the capability to be upgraded to 2,000 tons and will be designed by ESS engineers at their Banchory headquarters and partially-manufactured at subsidiary firm Masfab in Co. Durham.
ESS has built up expertise in the construction and use of carousels which are used for specialist subsea projects and this deal follows the acquisition by Bibby Offshore of an 800-ton ESS carousel which had earlier been deployed by a major utility company on a UK windfarm construction project.
Mo Petrie, ESS operations director, said: “This will be the second storage carousel we have built but over the last few years we have developed our expertise in the design and construction of large carousels traditionally used in seabed operations.
“The client is a major player in large-scale infrastructure projects and is active on a number of UK offshore wind projects, which dovetails with our own diversification in to the renewables sector.”