DeepOcean announces the award of cable installation and trenching work by Nexans for ScottishPower Renewable’s East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm in the North Sea. Offshore work will be undertaken by 2019 with the Maersk Connector and purpose built power cable plough, ACP2, supported by DeepOcean’s in-house fleet of dedicated construction support vessels. DeepOcean’s scope is the transport, installation and trenching of 2 no. 85 km export cables. The project will be managed out of the DeepOcean’s Darlington office.
DeepOcean’s Commercial Director for Cables & Trenching Pierre Boyde, said, “After building an extensive track record providing services on some of the most important offshore wind projects, we are delighted to be given this opportunity to develop our relationship with Nexans and their customer ScottishPower Renewables. There are significant opportunities for local suppliers to support DeepOcean for this scope of work and we also look forward to helping our customer deliver on the Supply Chain Plan for the project.
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “Both Nexans and DeepOcean have considerable experience in providing and installing cables for offshore wind power projects in the UK. DeepOcean have won a number of major contracts recently, and it is positive to see that many highly-skilled jobs in Darlington will continue to be supported with the award of this contract, and hopefully this will also lead to further recruitment and training opportunities in the region.
“This is a huge year for the East Anglia ONE project. Preparations are now under way for the initial work onshore, and we are in advanced planning stages for the offshore work, which will kick-off in 2018. We will deliver industry-leading levels of UK content, coupled with the fact that this is the best value offshore windfarm ever to go in to construction. We hope that further major contracts will be placed in the UK in the coming months, adding to the jobs and investment we are already creating in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Hull, Belfast and Darlington.”
Vincent Dessale, Executive Vice President Subsea Energy System Business Line at Nexans, said, “We’re pleased to be working with DeepOcean on this project because of its experience and successful track record on existing offshore wind projects. We were happy to find a company with a base in the UK that shares our mission of providing opportunities for local companies.”