Seatools Delivers Beatrice Piling Instrumentation and Control System

Seatools has completed the development, manufacturing, and installation of a piling instrumentation and control system for the Pile Installation Frame (PIF) which will be used by Seaway Heavy Lifting on the 588MW Beatrice wind farm off Scotland.

For this project, Seatools’ scope of supply comprised the complete mechanical, electric, hydraulic, and software design of the pile template instrumentation and control system, complemented by the hydraulic and mechanical system for template leveling and pile positioning. The entire project has been completed in five months, Seatools said.

Marcel Remijn, Project Manager at Seaway Heavy Lifting, said: “We are very pleased with the technical solutions Seatools have provided to our Pile Installation Frame. By using proven technology and ruggedized equipment we are confident that the provided technology will result in a solid performing Pile Installation Frame. Working together with Seatools has been an absolute pleasure and we look forward to see the Pile Installation Frame in action.”

The purpose built 700 tonne PIF was delivered to Seaway Heavy Lifting at the Rhenus Logistics Facility in Rotterdam last week.

The PIF was offloaded to the quayside by Seaway Heavy Lifting’s vessel Stanislav Yudin.

The piling equipment and the Stanislav Yudin will undergo a series of integration tests over the next two weeks before mobilising to begin offshore construction work in Outer Moray Firth.

Seaway Heavy Lifting, as of recently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Subsea 7, will commence the offshore installation operations at the begining of April.

Subsea 7 and Seaway jointly won a GBP 1.3 billion engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for wind farm turbine foundations and array cables to be installed at the wind farm.

The two companies are tasked with project management, designing, engineering, fabricating and installing jacket foundations and array cables for 84 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, as well as transporting and installing the offshore transmission modules.

The wind farm is expected to become fully operational in 2019.

It is being developed by Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited (BOWL), a joint venture partnership between SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Ltd. (25%).

Photo: Source: Seatools