Helix Robotics Solutions awarded NnG offshore wind farm project work

Helix Robotics Solutions awarded NnG offshore wind farm project work
Photo: EDF Renewables

Helix Robotics Solutions Limited has been awarded three scopes of work for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm project by EDF Renewables.

Gary Aylmer, Helix Robotics Solutions Vice President – Europe and West Africa, stated:

“This is a significant award for Helix as it represents an expansion to our current renewable offering - to better support the development of the UK’s offshore renewable energy sector. As a company based in Scotland, we are immensely proud to have been selected by EDF Renewables to perform the 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 has been awarded the following scopes of work which are expected to proceed as follows and commence imminently. The project will be managed and overseen by the core team in Aberdeen, supported by specialist subcontractors from within Scotland and the wider UK:

  • Phase I: Potential UXO identification. Estimated duration of 3 months of offshore work to conduct the investigation of the potential unexploded ordnances (UXOs). To conduct the inspections, Helix will mobilize a XLS Work class ROV onboard a chartered vessel.
  • Phase II: UXO detonation. Helix will detonate identified UXOs utilizing the same vessel and XLS ROV, duration of work to be determined by number of UXOs that are found.
  • Phase III: Boulder relocation. Using a boulder grab tool onboard a chartered vessel of opportunity, Helix will relocate and clear the designated project path of boulders. Expected duration in excess of 6 months.

Helix shall utilize local ports for mobilization / demobilization and support services.

The NnG offshore wind farm will be located 15.5 km off the Fife coast and will cover an area of approximately 105 km2. The project has the potential to generate 450MW of renewable energy, which is enough power to supply around 375,000 Scottish homes – more than the whole of Edinburgh – and to offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Offshore construction is scheduled to start in June 2020 and full commissioning is expected to complete in 2023.