UXOcontrol, the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation solutions expert, which was appointed as specialist contractor to complete the UXO identification campaign for the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm, has now completed the scope on time and under budget.
Located approximately 15km off the south-east coast of Aberdeen, at water depths ranging between 60m to 80m, Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm is the world’s largest project of its kind with a nominal capacity of 50 MW, comprising offshore floating wind turbine structures, an offshore export cable, a landfall and an onshore export cable.
UXOcontrol’s first UK contract as the rebranded joint venture of N-Sea and BODAC, was awarded by Cobra Wind International Ltd., a subsidiary of Spanish developer and construction company Grupo Cobra, which has been contracted to undertake the engineering, design, supply, construction and commissioning of the wind farm.
Following geographical survey works, the identification campaign commenced in May 2020, with the mobilisation of UXOcontrol‘s fully-equipped UXO clearance vessel, the Noordhoek Pathfinder (NHP), which conducted works at water depths varying from 13.9m to 87m over a period of four weeks.
The contract engaged 40 of UXOcontrol’s highly skilled offshore personnel, in addition to six of its onshore experts. Productivity during project execution resulted in it being completed under budget.
Arno van Poppel, N-Sea CEO
N-Sea CEO, Arno van Poppel commented: “The renewable energy sector is one of UXOcontrol’s key markets and we are excited to showcase our capabilities and expertise by working on a project as significant as the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm.
“Our experts offer an unrivalled level of international UXO experience and we have worked closely with Cobra Wind International Ltd. to eliminate any UXO-related risks, ensuring the successful completion of the Kincardine project.”
UXOcontrol combines the expertise and experience of its two parent companies. N-Sea, a leading survey and IMR subsea solutions provider, delivers effective and cost-efficient subsea support services to asset operators and tier one contractors within the energy industry, whilst BODAC, a leading UXO risk mitigation company, is certified in UXO surveying, identification and neutralising explosives in the marine environment.