A North Lincolnshire firm has been awarded the contract for cable landings work on Ørsted’s Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm.
AMS Trenchless, based in Scunthorpe, will undertake specialist works at the landfall site at Weybourne, North Norfolk, where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables.
The company will undertake the work using a method of installing ducting, pipes and cables beneath existing infrastructure, without disruption, known as horizontal directional drilling (HDD).
By installing underground cable ducts, export cables can be pulled to land from a jack-up barge without the need for trenches, or other disruptions to the existing sea defences.
This contract builds on the existing relationship between AMS Trenchless and Ørsted, following the former’s successful works for both Hornsea 1 and Hornsea 2 offshore wind farms.
Luke Bridgman, Hornsea 3’s senior project director, said: “We look forward to AMS utilizing their specialist expertise and understanding of gigawatt-scale projects to deliver further great work on Hornsea 3.
“Orsted and our key supply chain partners continue to engage with local suppliers to deliver this ground-breaking project, with this announcement further testament to our commitment to support the further growth of the UK supply chain.”
Hornsea 3 will consist of up to 231 offshore wind turbines, located approximately 120 km off the Norfolk coast, and 160 km off the Yorkshire coast.
With a capacity of around 2.85GW, Hornsea 3 will be capable of producing enough low-cost, clean, renewable electricity to power over three million UK homes. The project is currently working towards taking a final investment decision.
Matt Waterson, AMS Trenchless’ operations director, says the company is “delighted” to be working on the project.
He added: “We would like to thank Ørsted for the award and very much looking forward to working together again on Hornsea 3.”
Image credit: Ørsted
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