UK: Reef Subsea Wins Major Contract for Gwynt y Môr

UK: Reef Subsea Wins Major Contract for Gwynt y Môr

Reef Subsea AS announced today that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical Ltd. with offices in Stockton on Tees and Aberdeen, has been awarded a major contract with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited, worth approximately £40m. It will see Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical assist with engineering, project management, ROV and survey operations linked to the subsea installation and burial of all infield array cables for Gwynt y Môr, located 13 kilometres off the North Wales coast in Liverpool Bay. 

The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 576MW, and is designed to be ultimately integrated into the UK National Grid in 2014. Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical (RSPU) has been tasked with installing and burying the 161 infield inter array cables. Workscope also covers connection to the two offshore sub‐stations.

For the project Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical will provide project management, ROV, survey and engineering services, and will deploy one of its installation and burial spreads, which will be on contract throughout 2013. The vessel and the Project team selected for Gwynt y Môr will be equivalent to those which successfully completed similar achievements over the last few years for Greater Gabbard and other UK wind farms.

RSPU will utilise an installation and burial spread, which will also be designed for future OWF developments calling for increasing maximum bend radius of infield inter‐array cables. Hence RSPU will be well positioned for the UK Round 3 Tenders to come, as well as for other large OWF developments in the North European waters.

In addition to winning the Gwynt y Môr contract, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical Ltd has recently received its certificates from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), for its accreditation in management, environment and health and safety systems ISO 9001, ISO 14001and OHSAS 18001, respectively.

Mark Preece, Chief Executive Officer of Reef Subsea, commented: “This contract with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited is a significant milestone for the Reef Subsea Group, and cements our place as a key player in the Renewables sector when it comes to offshore cable installation & burial. Our extended workscope allows us not only to call on RSPU capabilities but also on the Group’s other companies confirming the rationale of our organisation. Gwynt y Môr wind farm promises to be one of the most prestigious European offshore wind farm to date, and we will work hard to satisfy our client.” 

Daryl Lynch, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, added: “This contract with Gwynt y Môr confirms Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical’s place as a recognised expert in installation and burial work, and we are honoured to be a part of this major project. We have a wealth of experience, both from oil & gas and renewables, and we will make sure our project team and our assets prove we are capable of projects of this magnitude. We hope successful completion of work on the Gwynt y Môr project propels our reputation even further.” 


Offshore WIND staff, July 9, 2012; Image: RWE