Scunthorpe drilling specialist secures Ørsted contract for Hornsea 3 wind farm

Scunthorpe’s AMS Trenchless has landed a contract to provide specialist drilling services at the Norfolk landfall site of the Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm.

The firm will use its horizontal directional drilling technique – a method for installing utilities underneath existing infrastructure – to install underground cable ducts at the site where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables. AMS’ work will allow export cables to be pulled to land from a jack-up barge without using trenches or disrupting the existing sea defences.

The forthcoming Hornsea 3 wind farm, which is subject to a final investment decision from developer Ørsted, will consist of up to 231 turbines situated about 120km off the Norfolk coast and 160km off the Yorkshire coast. It will have capacity of around 2,85GW, producing enough electricity to power more than three million UK homes.

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Luke Bridgman, Hornsea 3 senior project director, said: “After successful collaborations with AMS Trenchless on the Hornsea 1 and Hornsea 2 projects, we look forward to AMS utilizing their specialist expertise and understanding of gigawatt-scale projects to deliver further great work on Hornsea 3. Ørsted and our key supply chain partners continue to engage with local suppliers to deliver this ground-breaking project, with this announcement today further testament to our commitment to support the further growth of the UK supply chain.”

Matt Waterson, operations director at AMS Trenchless, which has already worked on the Hornsea 1 and 2 wind farms, added: “AMS are delighted to have been awarded the cable landing package for Hornsea 3. AMS have a long-standing relationship with Ørsted, having previously completed directional drilling works to land offshore cables on both Hornsea 1 and Hornsea 2 projects. We would like to thank Ørsted for the award and very much looking forward to working together again on Hornsea 3.”

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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