Banchory-based Ecosse Subsea grabs third Dong renewables contract


Ecosse Subsea's SCAR Plough aboard the Havila Jupiter
Ecosse Subsea’s SCAR Plough aboard the Havila Jupiter

Banchory-based Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has won a third seabed clearance contract on a major UK offshore wind farm construction project from DONG Energy – one of Europe’s largest energy groups.

The subsea engineering specialist has started offshore operations on the Westermost Rough development, located five miles off the Yorkshire coast.

The £800 million Westermost Rough wind farm will contain 35 turbines of 6MW capacity, covering a total area of 35km2 and is expected to provide enough electricity to power more than 200,000 homes.

ESS is deploying its SCAR subsea boulder-clearance system on up to 35 array cable routes, with the project engineered and delivered aboard the anchor handling vessel Havila Jupiter, with works expected to conclude in 3Q2014.

This latest contract follows extensive trials with DONG Energy and previous renewable energy campaigns on Humber Gateway in the Humber Estuary and the Baltic 2 wind farm project offshore Germany.

Keith McDermott, Commercial Director, Ecosse Subsea Systems, said: “Our technology has a proven track record in providing speedy, accurate and cost effective seabed clearance operations and this was a key factor in the contract award. We are delighted to be working again with DONG Energy and look forward to delivering a safe and effective project.”

Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd was established in Aberdeen in 1996 and specialises in offshore engineering consultancy and subsea technology for the subsea energy and offshore renewables markets.

Its clients include: Shell Exploration and Production, CNR International, Bibby Offshore, Subsea 7, Technip Offshore, BP North Sea and Venture Production, Nautricity, Siem Offshore Contractors, and Eon Renewables.

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