Seabed clearance added to trenching scope on Baltic Sea renewables contract

Louise Davis

Subsea technology specialist, Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS), has extended a trenching scope on the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea with the award of a seabed clearance project.

The Scottish company was last year awarded a contract by main contractor Prysmian Group to carry out pre-cut seabed trenching, prior to cable laying, on Iberdrola’s 70-turbine wind farm offshore Germany. Iberdrola’s global offshore wind projects are managed by ScottishPower Renewables, headquartered in Glasgow.

The initial contract has now doubled in scope with the award of route clearance and seabed preparation work on the 350MW Wikinger development which will generate enough energy to power more than 350,000 homes.

Once the seabed is prepared ESS’s SCAR Seabed System will perform first pass and multi-pass trenching in preparation for Prysmian’s installation and burial of 81km of submarine cables which will connect the turbines to the offshore substation.

Ecosse Subsea Systems, in offshore engineering, subsea technology, subsea energy, offshore renewables markets, seabed preparation and boulder clearing; SCAR trenching, subsea lifting; engineering consultancy; personnel supply and technology development.

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