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East Anglia One awards contract for trenchless export cable

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VolkerInfra, a division of VolkerStevin, has been awarded a contract to deliver land based trenchless solutions as part of the East Anglia One offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk. VolkerInfra is working with Visser & Smit Hanab to complete the contract which was issued by project developers Scottish Power Renewables.

The work includes connecting the duct routes for export cables from the wind farm at 20 locations within the Ipswich and Felixstowe areas via directional drilling and auger boring. Work is due to begin shortly and will run through to September 2018, with ducts being installed through drilled bores ranging in size from 225mm through to 800mm in diameter and 50m to 1,000m in length.

James Worth, project director said: “We are delighted to be awarded this contract by Scottish Power which demonstrates our unique end to end service offering and expertise within this specialist field. We understand the different techniques required at each separate location, and have a full range of specialist in-house plant and equipment to complete the work.”

Following a review of the UK market and using this project as a catalyst, VolkerStevin, of which VolkerInfra is a division, will be formalising its working relationship with Visser & Smit Hanab by the creation of a new joint venture, VolkerTrenchless Solutions, which will be formally launched in the New Year.

Maurits van Balen Blanken, commercial lead UK Visser & Smit Hanab said: "Winning this contract underlines our ambition to strengthen our position in the UK HDD market. We very much look forward in jointly delivering the scheme together with VolkerInfra."

The 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind power plant will be erected around 45km off the coast over an area of 300km2. The project's 102 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines of type SWT-7.0-154 will be installed on jacket foundations and the nacelles will be manufactured in Cuxhaven, Germany. Siemens plans to produce the corresponding wind turbine blades for the project at its new Hull facility.

Construction is estimated to start in 2018 with the installation of the foundations and full commissioning scheduled as early as 2020. The project is expected to meet the energy demands of 500,000 British households annually.

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