CTC Marine Projects, a member of the Trico Marine Group, has been awarded its first contract in the offshore wind farm industry by E.ON Climate and Renewables UK. The contract is for the lay, installation and burial of 17 subsea power cable arrays linking wind turbine foundations at the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm in the Solway Firth.
The Robin Rigg development comprises of 60 wind turbines supplying power via two export cables. The CTC workscope will involve approximately 90 days of operation in shallow water depths of up to 9m. CTC will initially mobilise the Aquatic Reel Drive System and tensioner spread onboard the MV Union Beaver for anticipated 65 days duration. Once in the field they will perform the lay and installation of 98mm and 113mm diameter array cables followed by post installation inspection and testing.
Following the installation, the lay spread will be de-mobilised and the CMROV4 mobilised on board the MV Union Beaver where it will perform the trenching of all the previously laid array cables.
Throughout the workscope CTC will operate in very challenging conditions due to the tides, strong currents, and the unpredictable weather, making operations particularly complex. As well as this, CTC has additional pressures to complete the works expediently due to other contractors needing to follow CTC's operations in the field.
Undertaking the first offshore wind farm job will also pose different safety issues for CTC, which they are confident in handling due to their stringent safety measures taken on all subsea projects.
CTC were awarded the project on the basis that they have the extensive capabilities required to carry out the work effectively and most efficiently, as well as a wealth of engineering experience. On top of this, E-ON were impressed with the high standard of equipment and level of quality and safety which CTC possesses, and having already established a successful track record working for E-ON, this put CTC in a strong position.
CTC Managing Director, Daryl Lynch says of the contract success, "Without the talented team that makes up our organisation, it would be impossible to deliver strong performance, which gives us the edge over our competition. At CTC, it is the subsea experience, skills and professionalism of our people that made us the obvious contractor choice for this offshore wind farm project."
"This contract shows CTC's ability to apply our extensive subsea experience in the oil and gas industry to the offshore wind farm market and highlights the breadth of services and technology that CTC can offer. This contract award shows the strength of our subsea services and subsea protection business."