DONG Energy and Seacat Services have signed a two-year contract for four crew transfer vessels to support construction operations at the Race Bank offshore wind farm.
Ian Baylis, Managing Director of Seacat Services, said: “Our work with DONG Energy on Race Bank over the coming months will enable us to channel further investment into the local supply chain by providing opportunities for local crew and supporting services.”
Seacat had already worked on DONG Energy’s Westermost Rough offshore wind project.
Jason Ledden, Construction Project Manager for Race Bank at DONG Energy said: “The company’s commitment to service, quality and safety meant there was no hesitation in using them again for our Race Bank project. These crew transfer vessels are part of a new fleet, and will help safely and efficiently transfer our engineers and technicians offshore to work on the construction of Race Bank’s 91 wind turbines and two substations.”
The Seacat Services crew transfer vessels are expected to be in operation at Race Bank until the end of 2018.
The offshore wind farm is being built from DONG Energy’s construction base in the Grimsby Fish Docks.
In December 2013, DONG Energy acquired the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm from Centrica Plc. The project site is located almost 17 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk Coast, and a similar distance from the Lincolnshire coast at Chapel St. Leonards.
When operational, Race Bank will have a capacity of up to 580MW and will be able to power over half a million UK homes every year.