Helix Robotics Solutions has been awarded a contract for work on the Neart na Gaoithe offshore windfarm by EDF Renewables
Construction of Neart na Gaoithe recently got underway following confirmation from EDF Renewables that financial close for the project had been achieved.
The offshore windfarm will have a capacity of 450 MW. Construction of components is now underway, and offshore construction will start in June 2020 with commissioning due to be completed in 2023.
Helix Robotics Solutions vice president Europe and West Africa Gary Aylmer said, “This is a significant award for Helix as it represents an expansion of our current renewable offering to further support the development of the UK’s offshore renewable energy sector.
“As a company based in Scotland, we are proud to have been selected by EDF Renewables to undertake work on a Scottish offshore windfarm and look forward to working with them and the local supply chain in delivering this significant project.”
Helix Robotics Solutions said the project will be managed and overseen by a core team in Aberdeen, Scotland, supported by specialist subcontractors from Scotland and the wider UK.
Phase I will see the company responsible for unexploded ordnance (UXO) identification. The estimated duration of this part of the project is three months. Helix will mobilise one of its XLS work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) on a chartered-in vessel.
Phase 2 of the project will consist of UXO detonation. Helix will detonate UXOs it has identified using the same vessel and ROV.
Phase 3 consists of boulder relocation. Using a boulder grab tool on a chartered vessel, the company will relocate and clear the designated project path of boulders. The expected duration of this phase of work is in excess of six months.